John, a native of Buffalo New York, has been involved in nearly 100 productions here in this city. He has also worked all over the United States, Europe, and Asia, as an actor, dancer, singer, choreographer, and director. Before coming back to Buffalo, John was a featured, then principal dancer of a tap company called DancEllington, with Mercedes Ellington as artistic director. During this time, John worked with Judith Jamison, Harold Nicholas, Gregory Hines, Louis Johnson and many other Broadway choreographers. John considers Maurice Hines his mentor and catalyst in his earlier days as a performer.
In Los Angeles, John was able to work in television, industrials, commercials, and even a sitcom treatment. John has also worked in many regional theaters. Including, The Muni, The Barter Theater, Tennessee Repertory, Laguna Playhouse, Little Rock, Flat Rock, Rolling Rock. (the rock tour), Starlight Theater and many more, in productions which included, the Wizard of Oz with Phyllis Diller and Emily Loesser, George M. with Joel Grey, No No Nanette with Marge Champion, Van Johnson , and Carol Lawrence.
John also had the good fortune to be an original member of a Sinatra tribute show called "my way ". Which has also toured the country. Since then, John has been able to spread his wings as an actor, not only in musical theater, but in non-musicals as well. At the Kavinoky, in the last 20 years, John has performed in at least 15 productions. His favorites include John Adams in 1776 , Elgallo in the Fantasticks, Present Laughter, Noises Off, Herbal Bed, 42nd Street, and The Big Band Theory. Other favorites elsewhere include Martin in The Goat (Or Who is Sylvia), Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman, and George in Of Mice And Men. Marvin in Falsettos, Juan Peron in Evita, Sweeney Todd, and Herbie in Gypsy, and Wilbur in Hairspray. John directed Sweeney Todd at the Kavinoky Theater. And recently, choreographed Christmas over the Tavern at 710 Main.