Jon Spooner

Jon is a director, writer, performer, founder member and the artistic director of Unlimited.

For Unlimited he has directed and performed in Static, Neutrino (both awarded Fringe Firsts for “innovation in theatre and an outstanding production”), Could It Be Magic? (co-production with Sheffield Theatres), Tangle (co-production with The Corn Exchange, Newbury), The Ethics of Progress (co-production with Oxford Playhouse), The Moon The Moon (co-production with Curve, Leicester) and The Giant & The Bear (for the London 2012 festival, a co-production with West Yorkshire Playhouse). Also for Unlimited and Sheffield Theatres he has directed Safety by Chris Thorpe and Zero Degrees & Drifting (nominated for Best Fringe Production in the MEN Theatre awards),  Mission To Mars (a co-production with the Polka Theatre) and The Noise (a co-production with Northern Stage). Recent Unlimited co-writing credits include Am I Dead Yet?, The Noise, The Giant & The Bear, Mission To Mars, The Ethics of Progress and The Moon The Moon with Chris and Clare.

In recent years Jon has specialised in making work focussed on communicating science for both adult and young audiences. Partners have included world leading researchers at the Universities of Oxford, Cambridge and Imperial College London and senior management teams at the Science Museum, Royal Observatory Greenwich, the Met Office and space agencies around the world (he is the Director of Human Spaceflight Operations for the Unlimited Space Agency whose patron is the British astronaut Tim Peake). In 2015 he created a major “Festival of Human Enhancement” for the Science Museum in London and is currently writing a show telling the story of “How I Hacked My Way Into Space”.

Since 2013 Jon has directed and co-written (with Clare) the flagship Christmas show for the BBC’s CBeebies channel – A CBeebies Christmas Carol (2013, Crucible Theatre), CBeebies Peter Pan (2014, The Lowry) and CBeebies Alice in Wonderland (2015, Wales Millennium Centre) have been filmed live and then broadcast on the CBeebies channel and on BBC One as part of their Christmas schedule.  Jon is returning to co-write and direct a version of The Nutcracker for 2016.

Jon has worked as a visiting lecturer in colleges and universities throughout the UK and run workshops with students, theatre professionals, journalists, soldiers and passers by across the world. He is on the board of governors at his local primary school, on the advisory committee for the Children’s Media Conference and the father of two medium sized boys.