John Sheedy

John Sheedy is a multi-award winning Australian Theatre Director whose work has been staged extensively throughout Australia.

In 1998, John completed his Bachelor of Dramatic Art at the National Drama School in Melbourne before completing his Masters of Fine Arts (Directing) at the National Institute of Dramatic Arts in 2002. Throughout his career, John has directed productions for Belvoir Street, Bell Shakespeare, Parramatta Riverside, Black Swan State Theatre Company, Sydney Opera House, Sydney Theatre Company, Griffin and Opera Australia. In 2015, John adapted and directed The Rabbits from the novel by John Marsden and Shaun Tan, presented at the 2015 Perth International Arts Festival and 2015 Melbourne Festival. The Rabbits was the winner of four 2015 Helpmann Awards – Best Presentation for Children, Best Original Score, Best Costume Design and Best New Australian Work.

John is the current CEO and Creative Director of Theatre Works, a contemporary theatre company in the heart of St Kilda, Melbourne.

In 2017 he premiered his first film Mrs McCutcheon at the 63rd Oberhausen International Short Film Festival, where it received the Special Mention of the International Children’s Competition. Mrs McCutcheon is now running the international festival circuit.