John is a graduate of the North Carolina School of the Arts (’89), and of Temple University (’92).  He also studied privately with scenographer and architect Josef Svoboda in Prague, Czechoslovakia in 1988.  He has designed in Philadelphia at the Arden, the Wilma, People's Light, and the Walnut Street Theatres.  He's designed over 20 operas for the Opera Company of Philadelphia and over 100 ballets for the Pennsylvania Ballet.  He was on the design staff of New York City Opera, and was a Lighting Director at New York City Ballet. Nationally, he has designed for Luciano Pavarotti, Spoletto Festival, Pittsburgh Opera, Virginia Opera, Actors’ Theatre of Louisville, Folger Shakespeare, Cleveland Playhouse, Lincoln Center and the Kennedy Center.  Internationally, he has designed and toured to all but one continent.  In film he was an Associate Art Director for the movie "Center Stage”.

In 2005 John was the recipient of an Independence Fellowship grant and returned to Prague to work with Laterna Magika and the National Theatre.  John has received two Best of Philadelphia Awards, five total Barrymore nominations with Barrymore Awards for the lighting design of Sweeney Todd at the Arden Theatre and for 9 Parts Desire at the Wilma Theater, a Helen Hayes nomination for Measure for Measure at the Folger Theater in Washington, DC, two “Rockie” Awards for work in the Philadelphia Dance community and a Prix Millennium Award for Capuleti et Montegue at the Opera Company of Philadelphia.  In 2006, John was named to the faculty at Temple University‘s theater department. 

Recently, John designed two world premier ballets for Pennsylvania Ballet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Kennedy Center, had his work shown internationally on PBS (Pennsylvania Ballet at 50) and was a design consultant for PlayPenn new play festival.


John has also bee branching out into other areas.  Along with developing new digital design techniques (New Design Approaches), he's also been working on a cultural outreach project (Discover the World) that would like to embrace everyone as a potential collaborator.