John Paul brings extensive experience and skills in arts management to the Board. John Paul, better known as JP, was a well known theatre director in Canada before moving to Australia in 2004. As the CEO and co-founder of Auspicious Arts Incubator, John Paul travels extensively around Australia as well as the US and Canada, helping independent artists, organisations, and venues make more money by learning to use value-based language for their marketing and communications. He has a long history of producing and directing theatre, film, festivals, and site specific events, from the 1984 Olympic Arts Festival in Los Angeles to the International Puppet Carnival in Melbourne. In 2014, he launched the Artists Transformation School, an online resource that teaches artists everything they need to know about how to turn their creative passion into a business. Additionally, he launched the Artist’s Mojo to help artists get out of their own way and find greater success.
Throughout his career, he has worked with more than 3,000 artists, arts organisations, local and state governments, and art centres. He has transformed the lives and careers of individuals in a wide range of disciplines, including those in visual art, ceramics, music, jewellery, photography, writing, acting, dance, illustration, filmmaking, and animation.
John Paul’s professional associations include the Canadian Actors Equity, the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Americans for the Arts, the Creative Skills Training Council, and the Deer Tribe Metis Medicine Society. He has travelled and worked all over Australia, the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Bali, Costa Rica, Mexico, Denmark, Hawaii, Ireland, Scotland, South Africa, Botswana, Greece, and Turkey.
John Paul Fischbach is the author of ‘No More Starving Artists’, a guide written by an artist for artists, and lives in Victoria, Australia.