John Stefaniuk - Director
A native of Toronto, Canada, and alum of the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. Upon leaving John worked as an actor and voice over artist worldwide including being the voice of Cartoon Network.
He has directed, taught and guest lectured for many theatre schools and colleges across America and the UK including the Royal Academy of Music in London, Sylvia Young Theatre School, and Duke University. For three years John was the Artistic Director for Stagedoor Manor in New York directing numerous productions with such actors as Natalie Portman and Bryce Howard.
John worked as Resident Director for Cameron Macintosh and JAR Productions on Hey Mr. Producer! Amongst John’s TV credits include Dancing with the Stars, The TONY Awards, The Queens Diamond Jubilee Celebration and America Celebrates, in the presence of The President and First Lady, and most recently, The White House State Dinner 2014 in the presence of the First Lady. John has also appeared on The View in a segment directing Whoopi Goldberg and in the Biography Channel's Portrait of Natalie Portman. John was also the director of the World Premier of Dancer, a Musical in Ten Furlongs for the Winter Garden Theatre in Toronto.
John directed a new production of Billy Elliot in Sao Paulo , Brazil for which he won the critics choice award for best musical. John is currently the Associate Director for Disney's The Lion King based with the Broadway Production. He has directed productions of Disney's The Lion King in PARIS, LONDON, SYDNEY, SAO PAULO, MADRID, MEXICO CITY, AMSTERDAM, SINGAPORE, TAIPAI, JOHANNESBURG, as well as 2 US NATIONAL TOURS and 1 UK NATIONAL TOUR. Last summer John directed a live segment for ABC’s Good Morning America from Time Square celebrating Disney on Broadway with the cast of Aladdin, Lion King and Frozen.
John directed Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at the Renault theatre in Sao Paulo, and most recently a new open air production of Evita to much critical acclaim.
John Stefaniuk- Director