"John Patterson directs with immaculate precision."
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“Superbly directed by John Patterson.”
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“Expert direction with attention to the smallest of details.”
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“Impressively executed by director John Patterson."
John graduated from the University of Hull with an honours degree in drama before training as an actor at ALRA. He has worked extensively in the industry for 25 years both as an actor and director. Recent acting credits include: The Intern (Channel 4), New Tricks (BBC), Murder on the Home Front (ITV), adverts for Bid TV, Netflix, Cineworld (Christmas advert 2019) and Schweppes (for Israeli television). Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, in December 2020 John appeared opposite Tamer Hassan in an online promotional series for Reem Products Ltd, playing the role of David.
In addition to acting, John is an experienced director and the Artistic Director of Angel Theatre Company. Throughout his career, he has directed over 70 productions. Recent credits include an agents showcase for graduate actors in the West End and Mark Ravenhill’s Citizenship at Watermans Arts Centre which was part of the Royal National Theatre Connections Project. For Angel Theatre Company John has directed: Can't Stand up for Falling Down (New Wimbledon Studio Theatre), Eavesdropping, More Eavesdropping, 4:48 Psychosis, No Exit, The Maids, Autobahn, Eavesdropping Again (all at Barons Court Theatre), Samuel Beckett’s Footfalls and Play (The Jack Studio Theatre), Stray (White Bear Theatre) and Beckett's Not I, Catastrophe and Rockaby (The Jack Studio Theatre) for which he received an OffWestEnd Theatre Award nomination for Best Director. When theatres initially closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, John organised and directed Sundays in the Park With Angel, a series of research and development workshops which took place in London parks in the summer of 2020.
John’s first project in 2021 was Gobstoppers, a filmed production of solo vignettes. He conceptualised, directed and performed in the piece which streamed online in March and April, and raised over £500 for the charity Acting for Others. In November 2021 John will direct Innocence at The Bread & Roses Theatre. Future plans include directing the premiere of Forsaking Others at the White Bear Theatre in January 2022. Both of these plays he also wrote.
John is a founder member and Artistic Director of Angel Theatre Company, which aims to produce challenging, character driven productions in some of London's top fringe venues. Visit Angel Theatre Company's website at:
John has taught, mentored and nurtured many successful actors, including BAFTA winner/Academy Award nominee Vanessa Kirby and the late Ingrid Pitt. He gives regular masterclasses to actors which have recently been delivered at ALRA, Arts Ed, Italia Conti, Drama Studio London, Royal Holloway University of London and The Royal Ballet School. In February 2021 John gave a seminar titled 'Samuel Beckett - From Page to Stage' to students studying for their PhD at The University of Cambridge. He has led many sessions on behalf of Angel Theatre Company to give advice and guidance to established actors as well as those who are new to the profession.
John is proud to be a member of the British Actors' Equity Association