These days John keeps himself busy writing and teaching. He has been called a renaissance man, a spiritual teacher, a guru of the arts, and a shaman, but more importantly John sees himself as a peer, working with artists; and he believes that the core of art serves primarily as a tool of “self-realization”.
“If your art hasn’t led you to ‘who you are’, then it has failed you”.
John may wax the philosophy a bit, but not without a great sense humor. His playfulness and spirit are best illustrated in his signature play “Killer Midgets”. Please click here for a full review of the play.
As an actor he studied extensively with William Esper, before moving onto to writing, and directing. His other plays, most notably, “Baptism by Fire” was produced and directed by Michael Imperioli (Christopher of the Sopranos) it starred Vincent Curatola (Johnny Sach of the Sopranos).
John’s most produced play is a One-act titled, “Augie’s Ring”. The play has been produced 6 times. John has directed it 4 times.
Inspired by the death of his estranged father, who was dying of AIDS at the time, John and co-author Dominik Tiefenthaler recently penned the screenplay version of “Augie’s Ring”, called When Tough Guys Were King. It's a father/son story based on John’s video-taped dialogues between the two.
2010-2012 projects thus far include a newly revised edition of “Killer Midgets” in which John is co-producing and slated to direct. Brian Gianci’s new play “Lets Kill Grandma This Christmas”, which John is also co-producing and slated to direct.John is also set to launch a new “round table talk show” web-series on manhood titled, “Men Without Myth” – look for it soon.