Treasurer & Founding Chairman
After a lifelong involvement in theatre and a 30-year career in bookselling, John retired as Coordinator at the Gordon Square Arts District in 2014 after helping complete its $30M capital campaign. Part of those efforts included facilitating the creation of Talespinner Children’s Theatre at Reinberger Auditorium as its founding Board chair in 2011.
Post-retirement, John happily continues on the Board as Treasurer. John’s love for the stage began in high school, then later with college productions at Kent State University, Porthouse Theatre, and off-off Broadway in NYC at La Mama and New York Theatre Ensemble. John’s most recent theatrical endeavor was in 2019 as Old Man in King Lear at the Beck Center. He has directed productions while in high school and college, in various community theatres, and most recently at Lorain County Community College. He has also written plays – Fate is a Woman, which he directed while in high school for an all-school assembly! – plus House Plan Template, performed at Kent State University and Geronimo, performed in 1974 at the WPA Theatre in NYC. John is currently an active participant at Cleveland Public Theatre’s monthly Dark Room, where he has been featuring scenes from his current play, Optimo. As a bookseller, John was general manager for two Fifth Avenue bookstores in NYC, Brentano's and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where he designed new fixtures and display cases for a shop renovation. He also designed interior signage and window displays for legendary Fifth Avenue bookstore, Scribners, and managed rare book dealer, Hacker Art Books. John returned to Ohio as a buyer at a national book warehouse, and while there served as Education Chairman for the Great Lakes Booksellers Association. John returned to bookselling in Ohio with Borders, where he managed the Strongsville shop and opened the flagship Borders Outlet Shop in North Olmsted, later acting as district manager. Prior to GSAD, John worked in Human Resources/Payroll at Charter One Bank and Invacare.