He wrote and directed the award-winning film Children of the Struggle, which was shown in film festivals across the country, on PBS station KQED for three years to commemorate Black History Month, and is seen in high schools and colleges nationwide. It was also recognized by the NAACP Film Commission for its “true and poignant portrayal of the fight for black voting rights”.
He is certified by Ivana Chubbuck to teach her approach to acting, an acting technique used by award-winning actors Brad Pitt, Halle Berry, Charlize Theron, Jim Carrey, Jake Gyllenhaal, among many others.
In 2007, John approached Andrew Carroll about the possibility of a play based on Carroll’s collection of war letters. Three years later he directed the premiere of If All the Sky Were Paper by Andrew Carroll (video) at Chapman University. In 2013 he was awarded a prestigious National Endowment for the Arts grant, as well as a Cal Humanities grant to bring the play to a wider audience. Since then, together they have taken the play to Seattle Rep, the WAMC Linda Performing Arts Studio in Albany, NY, The Lobero Theatre in Santa Barbara, The Martha’s Vineyard Performing Arts Center, The Kirk Douglas Theatre in Los Angeles twice and the Kennedy Center Terrace Theatre in Washington, DC. Annette Bening, Laura Dern, Gary Cole, Mary Steenburgen, Peter Strauss, Ken Howard, Common and Brad Hall are only a few of the actors he has had the pleasure to direct as part of this production.