John Wilkie was born in Scotland where he trained as an actor. Subsequently he undertook trainee director programmes at The National Theatre and The Kings Head Theatre, and also trained extensively at Complicité with Simon McBurney and Annabel Arden.
Recent directing credits include Die Fledermaus (Wiltons Music Hall), The Spider’s Revenge (Opera North), Dido and Aeneas and Suor Angelica (Goldsmiths).
He is a founding member of Opera Bohemia, a company dedicated to creating opportunities for young professional artists in all areas of opera, and introducing dynamic productions to remote parts of Scotland as well as the big cities of the country. John has directed productions of La bohème, Lucia di Lammermoor, Madama Butterfly and Eugene Onegin, all of which have premiered at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe before touring nationally.
John also regularly works as an associate and revival director at companies across the UK and beyond. Selected projects include a world premiere of Mamzer/Bastard and The Importance of Being Earnest (The Royal Opera House), L’italiana in Algeri (Garsington Opera), Carmen (Scottish Opera), Don Giovanni (Opera North), Adriana Lecouvreur, Lakmé, Zazà, and La Cenerentola (Opera Holland Park) which he then revived for Den Jyske Opera. He has also works as a dramatic coach at The Southrepps Music Festival and Goldsmiths University.
Future projects include working on the creative teams for Isabeau (Opera Holland Park/New York City Opera), La traviata (The Royal Opera House), before directing a new production of Il segreto di Susanna for Opera Holland Park in 2019.
John is also the creative director of a new arts festival celebrating making and doing, The MAKEMORE Festival, which will launch in London’s Victoria Park this August.