John's 16-year freelance career has afforded him the opportunity to work with many great artists at prestigious theatre companies across the country. He has directed productions at Playwrights Horizons NY, Ensemble Studio Theater NY, The Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, The Lookingglass Theater Company in Chicago, Circle X in Los Angeles, The Resident Ensemble Players in Delaware, A.C.T, The New Century Theatre, Washington Ensemble Theaters of Seattle and The Seattle Shakespeare Company where he is an Associate Artist. John received his directing degree from the University of the North Carolina School of the Arts where he returns annually to prepare a new crop of actors for a career in the theater. Over the course of his career he has enjoyed directing a wide variety of productions. Some of his favorites include King Lear (Seattle Footlight Award for Best Production of the Year),The Shaggs Philosophy of the World (Los Angeles Drama Critic Circle Award for Best Original Musical, Backstage Garland Award for Best Direction), Brothers Karamazov (seven LADCC Awards including Best Production of the year and Best Direction) John received the first annual Seattle Gregory Award honoring excellence in direction for The Adding Machine, As dedicated fan of original work John has shepherded over a dozen projects to their premier production. This past year the original musical The Shaggs, for which he served as co-creator and director, was nominated for Lucile Lortel and Drama Desk awards celebrating excellence Off Broadway. He is delighted to embark on his 5th season with APT.
Member of Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, an Independent Labor Union