John has lectured and spoken on Russian drama and theater at the Martin E. Segal Graduate Center in New York, Duke University, University of MI at Ann Arbor, University of WI at Madison, Virginia Tech, Towson University, Yale University, Princeton University (Oates Fellow in Slavic), the University of Texas, the Kennan Center in Washington, DC, the HUMANA Festival of New American Plays in Louisville, KY, Double Edge Theatre in Ashfield, MA, Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia, Oxford University, Cambridge University, the Pushkin House in London, Tomsk State University, Palacky University (Olomouc, CZ) and other institutions. He donated his archive of Nikolai Erdman research and documents to the rare books and documents division of the Research Library of Tomsk State University in April 2014.
John acted as Lee Breuer's dramaturgical assistant in Breuer's production of Sam Shepard's The Curse of the Starving Class at the Saratov Youth Theater in the fall of 2010. In the summer of 2010 John co-wrote the script for the summer spectacle of The Firebird at Double Edge Theater (with the Double Edge collective and Jennifer Johnson). His play Dancing, Not Dead was translated into Russian by Alexei Burykin and received its rolling world premiere in staged readings in Berlin, Moscow, Bucharest and New York in 2011. His voice played the lead role in The Epic of Lilikan, a Golden Mask award-winning puppet show at the Ten (Shadow) Theater in Moscow in 2009. In 2013 he recorded the voices of Othello and Second Guard in Ilya Epelbaum's puppet shows of Othello and Richard II, respectively, for the Ten Theater. From 2008 to 2012 he joined Pavel Podkladov as the co-host of an irregular program on American music on the Podmoskovye radio station. From 2012 to 2015 he occasionally joined Oksana Mysina on her radio show for Radio Orpheus to present the work of American musicians.
John received his Ph.D. in Slavic Languages and Literatures from Harvard University (1990), his Masters from George Washington University (1983), his B.A. from University of California, Irvine (1980).
I can't resist linking to this bio published on a Virginia Tech website before I spoke there a few years ago, if for no other reason than they somehow tracked down the info that I played a bit of professional baseball and that I dropped out of junior college.