Mad Cow Theater has announced that Dr Julius John has joined as artistic director. Mad Cow Theater is a twenty-three-year-old theater company founded in 1997, with a hallmark of producing plays from all parts of the theater canon.
To date, the theater has produced over 200 productions by a diverse group of playwrights, with over 90% of these playwrights being unique with their own voices.
The addition of Dr. John continues and expands the theater’s mission to produce highly entertaining works of theater for an ever wider audience – to promote, enhance and celebrate the human condition through art. Mad Cow celebrates word and actor through a combination of passionate and skillful actors and compelling, insightful writing, all fueled by a thoughtful and ever-evolving process.
A native of Orlando, Dr. John is an educator, actor, director, producer and entrepreneur who is currently Associate Professor and Theater Director at Bethune-Cookman University. He received degrees in London, as well as the Drew Summer Shakespeare Institute at Rollins College and Elon College in North Carolina, where his degree (BS) encompasses the complementary fields of Theater, English and Music. He received his Master of Fine Arts in Performance from Western Illinois University and his Doctorate in Education in Instructional Leadership from Gwynedd Mercy University.
Dr John is one of the founding members of MTDPA (Music, Theater, Dance Professionals in the Academy) whose mission is to provide resources for the deconstruction of racist, patriarchal and colonialist foundations, histories and practices in pedagogy. theater and performing arts. by offering global perspectives to the training of individuals in the arts and in performance.
“I am absolutely delighted to be joining Mad Cow Theater as the new Artistic Director,” said Dr John. “It fuels my spirit to know that I have the deep ability to shape the future of MCT and how we serve and connect with the community. I also look forward to creating meaningful opportunities for underrepresented artists. C tis the time to do theater and continue my work as an artist by producing, directing and collaborating with other artists who develop new works that are current, relevant and special.In addition, I plan to design and to implement a solid program of arts education that will train young people. We must make a place and a space for young people because they are truly the future artists of tomorrow. “
Mad Cow Managing Director Mitzi Maxwell believes this is a perfect addition to the management staff – “I am delighted to welcome Dr John to Mad Cow. His artistic voice will be appreciated and instrumental in the creating the continuing legacy of theater. “
Dr Julius John is a college educator, professional actor, performance coach and mentor to thousands of theater arts students. He will now serve as artistic director of the Mad Cow Theater.