(Artistic Director) John directed the 2011 Off-Broadway production of The Fartiste, a musical he also premiered for The Private Theatre in 2006 at the New York International Fringe Festival. (The Fartiste went on to win Outstanding Musical at the Fringe.) He is developing a number of projects: The Peer Gynt Project (a Private Theatre project recently workshopped at The National Theater of Norway and The Old Vic Theatre, London); John directed the 2011 Off-Broadway production of The Fartiste, a musical he also premiered for The Private Theatre in 2006 at the New York International Fringe Festival. (The Fartiste went on to win Outstanding Musical at the Fringe.) He is developing a number of projects: Electra Despierta, by Mexican playwright Ximena Escalante (in Spanish and English); The Black Mann Act, a minstrel show presentation of the trial of Jack Johnson at the start of the 20th century; Turn Me Loose, a one-man presentation of the material and life of Dick Gregory; and The First Generation Nigerian Project, about Nigerian/American first-generation female entertainers in America. He directed Open Marriage (a site-specific, one-woman show about Elsie Clews Parsons at Venfort Hall, in Lenox, Mass., in co-production with Shakespeare & Co.); Boston Marriage by David Mamet for the Stella Adler Theater School (where he will direct The Crucible); Hedda Gabler, a Private Theatre production he staged in a townhouse for 25 people per performance; Little Doc at Rattlestick, The Importance of Being Ernest for Twin Tiers Theatre; and In the Daylight at the McGinn-Cazale. John has been Co-Artistic and Executive Director of LAByrinth Theater Company, for which he directed the premieres of Philip Roth in Khartoum and Penalties & Interest (both as part of Public/LAB at The Public Theater); STopless; The Trail of Her Inner Thigh by Erin Cressida Wilson; John Patrick Shanley's A Winter Party; and co-created and directed Dreaming in Tongues; and Mémoire. Other projects co-created and directed by John include The Erotica Project for the NYSF; Trial By Water for Ma-Yi; A Taste of Honey at Playwrights Horizons; Blood in the Sink at Urban Stages; both A Matter Of Choice and NAMI for Partial Comfort; Rebecca Gilman’s The Land of Little Horses; Frank McGuiness’ Factory Girls; Timberlake Wertenbaker’s Three Birds Alighting on a Field and Richard Nelson’s Franny’s Way, for the Stella Adler Studio; Hamlet for Columbia’s MFA Thesis Project, EST’s and Naked Angel’s Marathons. He wrote (and played Ivan Boesky in) The Predators' Ball (collaborating with Karole Armitage and David Salle) for the Teatro Comunale in Florence, Italy, and at BAM's Next Wave Festival. He recently directed his first film, Almost Home for Trigger Street Independent, which was presented at The Berkshire Film Festival.
(Producer) For LAByrinth, John produced Stephen Adly Guirgis’ Our Lady of 121st Street (and its commercial production Off-Broadway), and several productions of Jesus Hopped the 'A' Train, at Center Stage/NY, Off-Broadway (two Drama Desk noms.), at the Edinburgh Theatre Festival (Fringe First Award), at The Donmar Warehouse, and at The Arts Theatre on the West End in London (Olivier Award nom.). John also produced the tour of Travis Preston’s production of Macbeth, with Stephen Dillane playing all the roles, at the Almeida Theater in London, at the Sydney Theater in Australia, and in New Zealand. Other producing credits include John Patrick Shanley’s Dirty Story for LAByrinth at Theater Row.
(Actor) As an actor, John appeared at The Public Theater/NYSF in the SPF production of The Sacrifices; at Second Stage in John Patrick Shanley's play, Cellini; on Broadway opposite Glenn Close and Gene Hackman in Death and The Maiden, under Mike Nichol's direction; in the title role of Moliere's Don Juan, at The Mark Taper Forum in L.A. under the direction of Travis Preston (for which he received the DramaLogue Award in Acting); as Jacques in John Tillinger's production of As You Like It; in Martin Crimp’s adaptation of The Misanthrope, with Uma Thurman and Roger Rees; as well as in the lead role of Mr. Crimp’s Play With Repeats, with Francis McDormand.