Actor and Puppeteer

Fiddler on the Roof in his backyard with his family- against their own will- at 3 years old) and fascinated buy puppetry since discovering the original Fraggle Rock on television by accident.

As a teenager,  his first professional job was dancing as Cookie Monster, Oscar the Grouch and Bert at Sesame Place in Langhorne, PA. At the age of 16, John’s dream of becoming a part of Jim Henson’s incredible world came true as he worked his first day as a puppeteer on the legendary set of Sesame Street, becoming one of the  youngest puppeteers ever hired for the show.

Soon after, the magic of Avenue Q entered his life and John originated the roles of Princeton and Rod, starting with the “fabled” first reading, through workshops and more readings, in it’s sold out off Broadway production at the Vineyard Theater and through it’s Broadway triumph where he was honored to earn a TONY nomination, Clarence Derwent Award and TheatreWorld Award for his performance. He continued the naughty puppet fun as a part of the original Las Vegas cast as well.

This led to starring, producing and co-creating Disney’s Johnny and the Sprites where he starred as “Johnny” for two seasons.

Then he lived out a dream role as Lumiere in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast on Broadway and went on to originate the roles of Pinocchio and the Magic Mirror in Dreamworks’ Shrek the Musical on Broadway as well and then created “ImaginOcean” off broadway at New World Stages which would turn into 2016’s Emmy Nominated “Jim Henson’s Splash and Bubbles” for PBS Kids.

John has had the great privilege of performing in television, film and throughout the country at several incredible regional theaters and recently achieved a life long  childhood dream come true of helping to bring back Fraggle Rock to todays audiences, executive producing, writing and starring as Gobo, Sprocket and more in Apple TV+’s Emmy winning Fraggle Rock: Back to the Rock.

select theatrical

Avenue Q
(Broadway-TONY Nomination, Leading Actor in a Musical)
John Golden Theater
(Vineyard Theater and Wynn, Las Vegas)
Shrek the Musical
Pinocchio/Magic Mirror/ Dragon
(Original Cast)
Broadway Theater
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast
Lunt Fontanne Theater
Buyer and Cellar
George Street Playhouse
A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum
(Winner- featured actor in a musical- St. Louis Critics Circle)
St. Louis MUNY
Big the Musical
York Theater
Seussical The Musical
The Cat in the Hat
St. Louis MUNY
The Temperamentals
Blank Theater, Los Angeles
The Music Man
Harold Hill
The Wick Theater
Newsical the Musical
Principal Cast
Various Off Broadway
Disney’s Aladdin
St. Louis MUNY
Brian Henson’s Puppet Up Live!
Principal Cast
Charlie Chaplin Soundstage

select tv & film

Johnny and the Sprites
Disney Jr.
Fraggle Rock: Back the Rock
Gobo/Architect/Sprocket/Gunge/Barry Blueberry
Apple TV+
Ugly Betty
Jim Henson’s Splash and Bubbles
PBS Kids
Jim Henson’s Word Party
Kip the Wallaby
Julie’s Greenroom
Sesame Street
Various (13 seasons)
PBS Kids
Animal Jam
DJ 2
Discovery Kids
Silent But Deadly
Feature Film
Happytime Murders
STX Ent.
Sesame English
Various Intl.
JoJo’s Circus
Disney Jr.
Bear in the Big Blue House
Disney Jr.
Play With Me Sesame
Ernie (1 season)
Sesame Place (Pennsylvania)
Wubblulous World of Dr. Seuss