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John's first directing experience at the Festival was the hilarious 1960's interpretation of The Two Gentlemen of Verona in 1994. His second, The Miser, set in Hollywood in the early 1930's, found Harpagon hoarding wealth in a rundown mansion on Sunset Boulevard. John was artistic director of the Resident Ensemble of the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles for eight years and directed extensively at the Forum, New Theatre for Now and the Taper Two Theatre in Los Angeles, including 20 world premieres. John is currently head of the M.F.A. professional-actor training program and artistic director of Louisiana State Theatre. hea has directed for other regional theatres in Loas Angeles, Seattle, Washington, D.C., and Chicago. Last spring his production of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? was produced at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. He also served as producing director of the Sundance Playwrighting Festival in Sundance, Utah.