Originally from Chicago, John was raised in both Chicago and Milwaukee. As a child, he was drawn to acting by an early love for storytelling. He formed his first theatrical partnership at the age of seven with his sister Kristin, and the duo became famous throughout their basement for vaudevillian cabaret shows. As a solo artist, John’s early theatrical renown came with performances in such roles as a Lactobacillus Acidophilus bacteria in his second grade tooth decay pageant, a riveting turn as Mr. History Book, and eventually as a Tree, for which he was critically acclaimed for his stillness.
Expanding this early repertoire, John has since performed in more than eighty stage productions and over sixty film and television productions. He has performed on stages throughout the world, including Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London, where he was selected as a company member of the Globe’s International Actors’ Fellowship, and in Japan, where he toured as the title role in Hamlet. He is the recipient of the 2013 Jessie Richardson Theatre Award for Outstanding Performance by and Actor in a Lead Role for his work in Pi Theatre’s production of Terminus. John is also the creator of The 24 Hour Shakespeare Project, for which he performed continuously for 24 straight hours in all 38 of Shakespeare’s plays to raise money for British Columbia Children’s Hospital.
He has performed lead and supporting roles in many films and network television shows, and is best known for his role as series regular Pallas on the Syfy Channel’s Olympus. Other credits include Supernatural, Smallville, Fringe, The Killing, Continuum, Sanctuary, Psych, Fairly Legal, The Dead Zone, If I Stay and American Mary among others. Additionally, he portrayed Thomas Jefferson in Assassin’s Creed III, the third installment of the multiple award winning and critically acclaimed video game series.
He has appeared in multiple commercials, music videos and voiceovers (video game, narration, radio), and in over fifty productions as an on-air reporter, host and interviewer. Additionally, John has over fifteen years’ experience teaching acting, scene study and improvisation. He has taught in many schools, studios and conservatory programs and as an individual acting coach to both students and professionals.
John received his education and training at Rose Bruford College, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre, as well as at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London and the National Shakespeare Conservatory in New York. Additionally, John has studied under many renowned master teachers including Uta Hagen, Edward Albee, Lynne Redgrave, Madeleine Sherwood and Casey Kizziah.
In a lifetime as an actor, John’s passion for storytelling has continued to grow alongside his love for creative collaboration. His greatest rewards come from the collaborations he shares with artists, designers and technicians, and with the audiences who have shared in the storytelling experience. He has lived and worked in many parts of the world and is currently based in British Columbia, Canada, where he lives with his wife and their two children.