John is the resident director of Chelsea Repertory Company at The Acting Studio, Inc, where he is also a teacher. He is a graduate of Illinois State University, where he majored in theatre.
He recently directed Michael Aguirre’s new play A Letter for New Light Theater Project and Adam Esquanazi Douglas’s play The Last Days of Oscar Wilde’s Life at the Downtown Urban Arts Festival at HERE Arts Center. In 2012, he directed Chelsea Rep LAB’s production of Almost a Fantasy by Michael Aguirre at the 2012 FringeNYC Festival.
He has directed the Chelsea Repertory Company productions of Stage Door (Ferber and Kaufman); Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare); No Flea Spare (Wallace); Getting Out (Norman); Moonchildren (Weller); On the Bum (Bell); What the Butler Saw (Orton); Landscape of the Body (Guare); Mad Forest (Churchill); Hot L Baltimore (Wilson); Streamers (Rabe); Twelfe Night (Shakespeare); Translations (Friel); Top Girls (Churchill); Vinegar Tom (Churchill); The Incredibly Famous Willy Rivers (Metcalfe); Early Dark (Price); The Plough and the Stars (O’Casey); The Journey of the Fifth Horse (Ribman); Paradise Lost (Odets); Dark of the Moon (Berney & Richardson); The Madwoman of Chaillot (Giraudoux); The Rimers of Eldritch (Wilson); and The Lesson (Ionesco). He also wrote and directed Knoxville, 1915, adapted from James Agee’s novel A Death in the Family, and The Loves of A, based on Arthur Schnitzler’s The Anatole Plays, for Chelsea Rep.
He also directs staged readings of new plays at The Acting Studio, Inc. and other NY theatre companies and is currently head of Chelsea Rep LAB