On the Couch with John Kachoyan

John Kachoyan Arts Review On the CouchWho is John Kachoyan?
A lapsed catholic suburban-kid pretending to be a director and dramaturg.

What would you do differently to what you do now?
I’d be a poet – something equally unstable and consuming.

Who inspires you and why?
Brilliant writers. Playwrights are some of my favourite people – the way they see the world, and commit to this collaborative art form to realize that vision. And my partner, who is also a writer too – and the best collaborator I know.

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
Do more. Education would be a key.

Favourite holiday destination and why?
Canada – floating on a lake in Ontario.

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take then to, and why?
I’m originally from Sydney myself, so still feel like a tourist in Melbourne sometimes – I love to take people to PonyFish Island – the little bar on an island in the Yarra – it feels tucked away but in the middle of it all. Playing tourist can be fun.

What are you currently reading?
Frank O’Hara’s Having A Coke With You and Doris Lessing’s The Four Gated City.

What are you currently listening to?
Nick Drake – Pink Moon

Happiness is?
A dark full theatre.

What does the future hold for you?
Parenthood – something that puts everything in perspective.

John is currently directing Jez Butterworth’s The River for Red Stitch Actors Theatre, playing 29 April – 28 May 2016. For more information, visit: www.redstitch.net for details.

Image: John Kachoyan