John Maclay is a professional actor, director, and playwright who has spent the past 19+ years working professionally in the Midwest, primarily in Milwaukee. Mr. Maclay is an active adaptor of literature for the stage, specializing in Theatre for Young Audiences. His plays and musicals include: Anatole, (with Lee Becker and with music by James Valcq), Nancy Drew and the Biggest Case Ever (with Jeff Frank) Geronimo Stilton: Mouse in Space, Just a little Critter Musical, (Music by Brett Ryback) Goosebumps the Musical; Phantom of the Auditorium (Music and co-lyrics by Danny Abosch), and Robin Hood (with Joe Foust), and is currently working on three new pieces for production in 2018-2020. He also adapted and directed an 80-minute version of Romeo and Juliet, for which First Stage was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts’ Shakespeare in American Communities grant.
When not furiously writing away or teaching at Carthage, John still works professionally as an actor, director, voice and text coach, and fight choreographer. He has spent the past 13+ years serving as Associate Artistic Director at First Stage, the national leader among professional theatres for young audiences using age appropriate casting, and recently accepted the role of Director of Artistic Development.
His work has additionally been seen at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Orlando Repertory Theatre, Oregon Children’s Theatre, Uprooted/Milwaukee Gay Arts Center, Skylight Opera Theatre, Defiant Theatre, Bunny Gumbo, Bialystock and Bloom, St. Croix Festival Theatre, and John was the founding Artistic Director of the Milwaukee Shakespeare Company. Mr. Maclay is a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers and a member of the Dramatist Guild. John holds a BA in theatre from Lawrence University and an MFA in Acting from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign.
John Maclay is an actor, director, voice and text coach, and fight choreographer who has spent the past 15 years working professionally in Milwaukee and Chicago. When not teaching at Carthage, he has spent the past ten years serving as Associate Artistic Director at First Stage, one of the nation’s largest and most respected theatres for young audiences.
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Theatre
- THR 1110 Introduction to Acting
- THR 2180 Theatre for Children
- THR 3100 Voice for the Stage