John Baylis is an independent consultant based in Sydney.
He worked as a producer with Performing Lines in Sydney, managing the company’s international and regional touring activities (2009 to 2011).
From 2001 to 2009, he was director of theatre at the Australia Council for the Arts, leading the Council’s strategies and funding programs for theatre in Australia.
He was artistic director of Urban Theatre Projects from 1997 to 2000. Building on the company’s strengths (its community base, its location in western Sydney), he oversaw the emergence of a new hybrid between community cultural development practice and contemporary performance.
In 1986 he co-founded the Sydney Front, a contemporary performance company that created a seminal body of work that included The Pornography of Performance (1989), Don Juan (1990), First and Last Warning (1991) and Passion (1993). The company also toured extensively in Europe.
He was manager of the One Extra Dance Company (1982-86) as well as a founding coordinator of Performance Space (1983-84) and later its chair (1992-93).
He is currently an independent consultant. He also works as a dramaturg, recent projects being Concrete and Bones Sessions (Branch Nebula 2011), Sweat (Branch Nebula 2010) and Burning Daylight (Stalker/ Marrugeku 2009).
His career to date has demonstrated the following strengths:
- innovative thinking in many different contexts
- high order strategic planning skills
- the capacity to drive change and bring people with him
- the ability to plan and implement consultative processes.