John first started performing professionally at the age of 7 in various circus venues as a clown, and variety entertainer. He learned everything from riding unicycles, walking the tight rope, acrobatics and later the trapeze. John was introduced to circus life by his late grandfather who was with the Ringling Bros., Barnum and Bailey Circus.
As a child performer he was spotted all across the Pacific Northwest, until he joined his first National Tour at the age of 17. In fact, he was named one of the top 40 most influential people in the arts under the age of 40 while he was still a junior in High School. With an impressive resume at the age of 18, John moved to New York City, and attended Marymount Manhattan College as a double major in Dance, and Theatre on a merit scholarship.
During his studies, John worked as a Junior Agent at Eisenberg, Aqua-Hart Talent Agency in Manhattan, which was his first exposure to the business side of acting. There, he helped launch the careers of many young performers primarily into the Broadway spotlight.
The next stop for John was Carnival Cruise Lines where he was a featured performer in the variety shows nightly, and was able to travel the world. John still places young talented singers and dancers aboard their ships from time to time.
After returning back to New York City, at the peak of his dance career John choreographed 3 Off Broadway Shows, and was even commissioned by the United Nations to choreograph a new musical being brought over from Turkey.
You can also spot him in numerous episodes of Third Watch, the pilot episode of Deadline, and in the Warner Bros. movie Singles starring Kyra Sedgwick.
His musical theatre career highlights include Stephen Sondheim’s, Follies starring Maxine Andrews (Of the Andrews Sisters), Denise Darcel, Judy Kaye, Karen Morrow, and Edie Adams. He also toured with John Schuck (from McMillan and Wife) and JoAnne Worley (from Laugh-IN) in the hit musical, Annie. On the east coast he was featured in Cathy Rigby Is Peter Pan, and he starred as Peter in the newly revised script of Babes in Arms. John starred opposite Cheyenne Jackson (Now starring in 30 Rock) in the West Coast Premiere of Babes In Arms.
Since then John has produced, directed, choreographed and collaborated with Ashanti, Wycleff Jean, and many others for everything from product launches to publicity stunts. He recently moved back from West Palm Beach to Toronto, and is master level acting coach working on TV and film sets. He has helped successfully place over 700 young performers with agencies and managers around the world over the past 2 decades. He is the Co-Founder of TalentInc. (Canada) Ltd.
“Working with young performer’s is not my job, it’s my passion.”
– John F. Stevens
Name: John Franklin Stevens
Lives in: Toronto, Canada
Occupation: Actor, Performance Coach and Singer
Marymount Manhattan College (New York, NY)