With more than two decades of experience as a theatre designer, set and costume designer, and scenic design teacher, John brings a wealth of knowledge to his project work. He is a licensed architect whose work includes auditorium concept design, planning and programming theatre buildings, site assessment, and feasibility studies.
John is currently the director of the scenic design program at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Since 1994 John has been designing stage sets for a number of theatre and opera companies including New York City Opera, San Francisco Opera, San Diego Opera, Washington Opera, The Joseph Papp Public Theatre, Dallas Theater Center, Center Stage, California Shakespeare Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre in DC, the Old Globe, Goodspeed Musicals, Yale University, and The Juilliard School. Prior to his career as a theatre designer, John worked as a design architect for Gary Lee & Partners Architects & Interior Designers, Holabird & Root, and for James, Morris & Kutyla in Chicago.
John has lectured regularly on set design at the Yale School of Drama and has also been a guest lecturer at Harvard University, Purchase College, University of Illinois, and The Chicago Art Institute. Fellowships and awards include the Donald M. Oenslager Scholarship (Yale), John Dinkeloo Prize (American Academy in Rome), Peggy Guggenheim Fellowship (Venice), and the Arthur M. Gensler Scholarship (Cornell). Recently, John was one of four designers commissioned by the National Building Museum to present their re-imagined concept of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.
John received his Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University and a Master of Fine Arts in Design from the Yale School of Drama.