He has directed over 70 productions in college, community, repertory and commercial theater including the North American stage premiere of the classic "The Little Prince"by Antoine de St. Exupery (which he also adapted for the stage), “The Night of the Iguana", “The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds", “The Caretaker", “Mother Earth”, "What the Butler Saw", "Inherit the Wind" and “All the King’s Men." He was founding artistic director of the Summer Music Repertory where he directed three musicals and he participated in theChapman, Utah, Oregon and New JerseyShakespeare festivals as both actor and director.
Born in Cambridge (Galt), Ontario, Canada, he is a descendent of Sir Christopher Wren, the 17th century English architect, from whom he gets his pen name Deacon-Wren. His education included the Galt Collegiate Institute, Anaheim High School, Fullerton College and California State University at Fullerton
Warren John Deacon
Radio dj, newspaper andradio journalist, program director of a PBS TV station, founding manager of the NPR affiliate in Orange County, California, he is also producer/director of the national radio poetry series "Earbook". His television directing credits include news, public affairs, documentaries, TV commercials and PSAs, corporate and music videos. He wrote and directed the feature film"Bike Fever".He taught Drama and English at Servite High School and broadcast news production, film history and criticism and screenwriting at Saddleback College, Irvine Valley College, California State University Fullerton and UC Irvine.
Deacon is currently heard as a voiceoverartist in broadcast and internet audio, commercials, documentaries and audio books and is a partner and Chief Creative Officer of newbijou mediawerks, afull service digital media production company in southern California. In a 20 year radio career, he worked at 11 radio stations in greater Los Angeles and southern California as a dj, news director and founding program director at the former NPR affiliate in Orange County.
He was represented as a playwright by the legendary Audrey Wood as well as Helen Harvey in New York, and as a screenwriter by Ilse Lahn of the Paul Kohner Agency and Leroy Bobbitt of Bobbitt and Roberts in Los Angeles.
Deacon was Associate Artistic and Managing Director ofSouth Coast Repertory where he directed Harold Pinter’s “The Birthday Party", “Our Town” by Thornton Wilder and “Feiffer's People", among others. He was founding Artistic Director of the experimental venue Open End Theater where his productions included “All the Lonely People", “What If” and “Adventures in a Paper Bag."
Three times awarded the distinguishedMacDowell Colony Artists Fellowship for playwriting, Deacon's screenplays with co-writer Lupos Sobre-Vega include “Sign Language", “Sun Moon Stars", “January One" ,“I.D.", “Rock & Roll Radio” and "Two of Hearts" which won the Beverly Hills International and Triggerstreet Top Ten screenwriting contests and was publishedin paperback and Kindle by Event Horizon Press and Amazon.
He is the author of the stage plays“The New Bijou Soft Shoe," produced at Symphony Space, New York and the Odyssey Theater, Los Angeles (reviews) and “The Chair at the End of the Room," workshopped at Circle in the Square, NY and Los Angeles rep and for which he won the National Repertory Theater award. He wrote the book for the musical "Last Call at Oscar's Wild" with music and lyrics by John Bucchino and is co-author of the play“And Flights of Angels Sing Thee" with Timothy Constant. He is also co-creator of two television series, “There Goes the Neighborhood” (with Kean Mantius) and “Street Time” (with Mike McGuire).