John Bell

John Bell is one of the nation’s most illustrious theatre personalities and has been a key figure in shaping the nation’s theatrical identity as we know it over the past 50 years. As co-founder of Nimrod Theatre Company, John presented many productions of landmark Australian plays, and in 1990, John took on an even greater challenge, founding The Bell Shakespeare Company. John is an Officer of the Order of Australia and the Order of the British Empire; has an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from the Universities of Sydney, New South Wales and Newcastle; and was recognised in 1997 by the National Trust of Australia as one of Australia’s Living Treasures.