John Tiffany is an English theatre director. He directed the internationally successful productions Black Watch and Once. He has won a Tony Award, an Olivier Award, a Drama Desk Award and an Obie Award.
Tiffany was brought up near Huddersfield, England. His mother was a nurse, also a chorus girl; his father was an engineer, and also played in a brass band. As a youth, he participated in the Huddersfield Choral Society Youth Choir and held jobs at Boots UK and a restaurant. He initially studied biology at Glasgow University, but switched to classics and drama.
Tiffany's theatrical background is in "developing and directing new plays at Scottish theaters". He was literary director at Edinburgh's Traverse Theatre from 1997 to 2001. He then began his working association with Vicky Featherstone, becoming Associate Director at UK new writing touring theatre company Paines Plough, from 2001 to 2005, where Featherstone was Artistic Director.