John’s consulting work is informed by many years of experience as both a professional stage designer and university educator. In addition to his role as a project manager, John advises on a wide variety of design issues including facility programming, theatre and auditoria design, backstage details, and performance equipment systems. He has contributed to the design of hundreds of performing arts venues in the US and internationally in more than 30 years of consulting practice.
In addition to working with Theatre Projects uninterrupted since 1997, for many years John concurrently headed his own consulting firm, which worked on projects as diverse as Broadway touring venues, college theatre renovations, and an international performing arts center in Kuala Lumpur.
John’s background in professional theatre includes lighting design, scenery design, and production management. His credits include Broadway, regional theatre, and productions for dance companies such as Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Joffrey Ballet.
John taught graduate coursework for 12 years at Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts and guest-lectured at Hong Kong’s Academy of the Performing Arts. He is a member of United Scenic Artists Local 829 and has served on the Lighting Commission of the United States Institute for Theatre Technology. John is a contributing author to the 4th printing of Theater Production in America by David Conte and Stephen Langley and was a key proofreader for the original printing of The Backstage Handbook by Paul Carter. John received his bachelor of fine arts in theatre design from Ithaca College, and his master of fine arts in design from Yale School of Drama.
John in action
It takes a village to create a special place for a community to call home. Our team brings together specialists with backgrounds in the performing arts, architecture, mechanical engineering, lighting design, acoustics, and more to offer a holistic approach to creating, renovating, or repurposing all forms of storytelling spaces. We understand the decisions that need to be made at every stage of the project and we know how to make a performance space work for artists, audience, and production teams.