As Artistic Director of the 'Stage Company of S.A.' for ten years, John Noble was involved in South Australia's cultural explosion in the 1970's and 80's. He performed with all of the States major arts companies. He also directed on London's West End (David Williamson's Sons of Cain), and acted in an award winning production at the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland (Rob George's Errol Flynn's Great Big Adventure Book For Boys). He was a cultural guest in Texas as part of S.A's sesquicentennial sister-state celebrations in 1985, and in 1986 represented Australia at the New Zealand Playwrights Conference in Christchurch. Other highlights include:
· Producing over 70 new Australian plays.
· 240 performances of Ron Blair's one man play 'The Christian Brothers'.
· Commissioning and directing the enormously successful Percy and Rose for the 1982 Adelaide Festival of Arts and subsequent National tour.
· Producing four major pieces for the 1984 Festival of Arts, including the memorable Master
He served an eight-year term as a Trustee of the Adelaide Festival Centre. In that time he was associated in the Australian productions of Cats and La Miserable. He was chairman of the inaugural Australian Drama Festival in Adelaide in 1982, and was a foundation member and chairman of the Association of Community Theatres. In 1984 the Premier of S.A. Mr. John Bannon nominated him as Young Australian of the Year for his work in the Arts.
John teaches acting at Brent Street School of Arts. He has conducted master s at N.I.D.A., Flinders University, the R.A.A.F., The Centre for Performing Arts, Carclew Youth Drama Camps, the S.A. Education Department, the National Book Council and the NSW & ACT Writers Centres. He has a private teaching studio specialising in presentation skills, accent modification, and film and TV performance and audition preparation. He was the head of the drama department from 1997 to 2000.
As an actor, he has had guest roles in TV series Big Sky, Police Rescue, Water Rats, Timetrax, Above the Law, Stingers, The Young Lions, Home & Away and Tales of the South Pacific. For the last five and a half years he has a semi-regular role in All Saints as the neuro surgeon Dr John Madsen. He appeared in the mini-series Hills End, and films "The Dreaming", "Nostradamus Kid", "A Sting in the Tail", "Call me Mr. Brown", "Airtight", "The Monkeys Mask" and "A Virtual Nightmare".
In 2002, he appeared in the US productions "The Outsider", "Superfire", "The Natalie Wood Story" and the New Zealand feature "Fracture". In 2003 his stage work included the plays "The Arabs Mouth" and "Room 201 Nicola Tesla".
In 2004, for his role as Denethor, John won a Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Ensemble Cast; a Broadcast Film Critics Association USA Award for Best Ensemble Cast. And, in the previous year, won Best Ensemble Cast Award from National Board of Review USA; and the Fellowship was nominated for Best Audio Commentary for DVD Exclusive Awards.
In 2006 John played the role of Ben in Nicholas Cohen's feature Voodoo Lagoon, completed production on an episode of Stargate-SG-1 for MGM Television, he played the role of Ivan Yugorski in "Running Scared", and played Prince Ardmantha in the feature One Night with the King, produced by Larry Mortorff and shot in India.
In 2008 he was cast in the role of Walter Bishop in the Fox TV show Fringe.