Aged 16, John was accepted into one of the U.K.’s most prestigious Musical Theatre schools, Laine Theatre Arts, where he undertook three years professional training. Soon after graduation, he successfully auditioned for the musical Grease, which paved the way for a career spanning 14 years in London’s West End. World famous choreographer, Arlene Philips noticed his talent in her production of Grease and went on to cast him in her German production of Starlight Express. Returning to the U.K., he successfully auditioned for the original London production of Saturday Night Fever, in which he went on to become Dance Captain. During this time, he was asked to be the assistant choreographer to the highly respected choreographer, Karen Bruce, on the arena production of Fame in Oslo, Norway and John could see an opportunity for his career to take a different direction.
When the London production of Saturday Night Fever closed, John was given the great responsibility of looking after the U.K. tour as Resident Director and Resident Choreographer. From this, he was offered the role of Resident Choreographer and Swing as part of the original cast of the Queen musical, We Will Rock You. We Will Rock You became a huge success and worldwide opportunities soon followed. Now as the Associate Choreographer of We Will Rock You, John had the opportunity to cast and stage the production in Cologne, Germany, Las Vegas, U.S.A., and Melbourne.
Under the direction of Broadway team Michael Grandage and Rob Ashford, John was asked to become the Resident Choreographer and Swing of the revised production of Evita, staged by the Really Useful Group. After a year, Evita closed its doors and R.U.G. went on to revise Joseph and His Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, where John was given the responsibility of being Resident Director of this, his last, West End production before emigrating to Australia.
Since arriving in Queensland, John has been incredibly fortunate to be able to share his knowledge of the industry with the future generation of dancers here in Australia. He created and taught the Certificate IV in Musical Theatre course at Brisbane’s Fame Theatre Company, as well as teaching and choreographing shows for their younger students. He was thrilled to be asked to create pieces for young dancers taking part in Creative Generations, and has choreographed every year for them since 2009.
In 2011, John was approached by Griffith University to help devise and tutor for their new Musical Theatre Degree course. John continues to tutor and choreograph for the course.