John Parker is an award-winning set designer and is as well-respected in the world of ceramics as he is in set design. He is a member of the International Academy of Ceramics (Geneva). He has a long history of designing for Auckland Theatre Company.
His set designs include A Shortcut to Happiness, Red, Mary Stuart, Stepping Out, The Importance of Being Earnest, The Wife Who Spoke Japanese in Her Sleep, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, End of The Rainbow, Sweet Charity, Doubt, Mum's Choir, Taking Off, Equus, Caligula, The Bach, Middle Age Spread, The Rocky Horror Show, Noises Off, Waiting For Godot, Rosencrantz and Guildernstein Are Dead, Into The Woods and The Glass Menagerie.
Other works include Faust, Cavalleria Rusticana, Pagliacci, The Scene, Creditors, Il Trovatore, True West, The Threepenny Opera, Chess, Romeo and Juliet, Titus Andronicus, Twelfth Night, F.i.l.t.h, Assassins, Waiora, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Decadence, On The Razzle, Chicago, The Marriage of Figaro, Barber of Seville, Cosi Fan Tutte, Evita and Trash to Fashion.
John has also designed for The Louis Vuitton Ball and The America's Cup Ball, Bendon's Next To Nothing, Bellsouth Pharaohs, Precious Legacy and Peru: Gold and Sacrifice for the Auckland Museum. He was awarded a Waitakere City Millennium Medal for Services to the Community. In 2010 John was made an Arts Laureate by the New Zealand Arts Foundation.