John Fulljames

John Fulljames

Director, Humanities Cultural Programme, University of Oxford Supernumerary Fellow


John Fulljames joined Oxford University in November 2022 as Director of the Humanities Cultural Programme (HCP). The HCP will bring to life state-of-the-art performance and cultural venues in the future Stephen A. Schwarzman Centre for the Humanities, including a 500-seat concert hall, a 250-seat theatre and a 100-seat 'Black Box' space for experimental performance. The building will open in 2025.

John read Natural Sciences at Christ's College, Cambridge and over the past twenty years has been a creative director in leading arts organisations. He was Associate Director of Opera at the Royal Opera from 2011–17, with particular responsibility for developing a new approach to creative diversity across both the Royal Opera and Royal Ballet. From 2017 until 2022 he was Director of the Royal Danish Opera and the Royal Danish Orchestra, directing performances across seven stages and three buildings, as well as a large outdoor summer stage, and with responsibility for artistic and general leadership of the company.

In his work John has collaborated with leading performers, dance companies and visual artists on many of Europe’s biggest stages. He led the creation of productions which have won awards including the Irish Theatre Awards and the Evening Standard Awards and which were nominated by the Olivier Awards and the South Bank Show Awards.