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John, a Buffalo native, has been involved in nearly 100 productions in WNY. He has also worked all over the US, Europe, and Asia as a dancer, singer ,choreographer, and actor. Before coming back to Buffalo, John was a featured, then principal dancer of a tap company called Balletap America, which evolved into DancEllington, with Mercedes Ellington (Duke’s granddaughter) as artistic director. During this time, John worked with Judith Jamison, Harold Nicholas, Gregory Hines, Louis Johnson and many other Broadway choreographers. After acquiring his Equity card with a production of SOPHISTICATED LADIES, John joined one of his mentors, Maurice Hines, in a show called HARLEM SUITE, starring Jennifer Holliday, Stephanie Mills, and Melba Moore. On this journey John also coincidentally met his associate choreographer, Alexis Wilson, resulting in a lifelong friendship. Later, in LA, John was able to work in a couple of television shows, industrials, commercials, and even a sitcom treatment. He also continued to work in many regional theaters, including the Muni, Barter Theater, Tennessee Rep, Laguna Playhouse, Little Rock, Flat Rock, Rolling Rock, Starlight Theater (and many more) in productions which included THE WIZARD OF OZ with Phyllis Diller and Emily Loesser, GEORGE M! with Joel Grey, & NO, NO NANETTE with Marge Champion,Van Johnson, and Carol Lawrence. John also had the good fortune to be an original member of a Sinatra tribute show called MY WAY which has also toured the country. Since then, John has been able to spread his wings as an actor, not only in musical theater, but in non-musical productions. His favorite roles include Marvin in FALSETTOS, Juan Peron in EVITA, Sweeney Todd in SWEENEY TODD, Herbie in GYPSY, Martin in THE GOAT, Willy Loman in DEATH OF A SALESMAN and George in OF MICE AND MEN. Here’s to all of the talented people who have made this possible.