Teaching for over 3 decades, primarily focusing on visual/art creation and theater, but also covering many other subjects rooted in the Arts.
Middle Schools, High Schools, and Colleges|
Developed courses and workshops that he held for many schools on topics including improv, acting, art, game design, and digital processes. Ran improv and theater workshops at Penn State Beaver and served as coach and judge for the Geneva College One Act Play Competition. Taught web design at C.C.B.C. and also held art and theater classes in its continuing education dept.
Carnegie Mellon University|
Currently Special Faculty at The Entertainment Technology Center of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. There he teaches Entertainment Technology, Visual Story, Immersive Media Pre Production, 360 Story and Sound, animation, pipeline process, UI/UX, brainstorming and playtesting, and team management.
Alice Summer Gaming Bootcamp|
Alice is a block-based programming environment that makes it easy to create animations, build interactive narratives, or program simple games in 3D. John has been a part of Alice's events for middle school students. He designed and held workshops on storyboarding and creating strong narrative experiences in games.
Taught art classes at Boscov's Community Theater, developed and held after school sessions for numerous Beaver County schools, and worked with other organizations such as Adult Literacy Action, Aliquippa Embraces the Arts, Rochester Chamber of Commerce, and Sweetwater Center For The Arts, to help foster and support the arts.
Call To Art Conference
Featured speaker at the 2020 UN-Conference for Art Educators. The event is produced by Art Class CuratorThe topics covered were "Storyboarding and Intro to Digital Game Art" and "Visual Story and E'motion' Art".
The Outlet for Creativity, Inc.|
Created and taught classes in art, theater, and writing for all ages at The Outlet for Creativity, inc., a non-profit dedicated to fostering and supporting the Arts.
Produced and managed many projects from non-profit fundraisers, to product development, to full conferences and festivals.
Festivals and Events|
Member on multiple committees helping to organize and run many events including: The Beaver County International Arts Festival, Beaver County Riverfest, Aliquippa Embraces the Arts, Cause for the Paws, etc...
Volunteer and Community Development|
Served on the board of the Rochester Community Development Corporation for 7 years. He denoated his time and talents to promote organizations and causes including: Habitat for Humanity, Old Economy Village, American Cancer Society, American Diabetis Association, The Beaver County Humane Society, Adult Literacy Action, Bridge to Recovery, Beaver County Chamber of Commerce, etc...
Artworks Cultural Alliance|
Developed and held Beaver County Cultural Summits which ended up resulting in the formation of Artwroks Cultural Alliance, a non-profit to help organize and promote Arts organizations throughout the Beaver County area.
The Outlet for Creativity, Inc.|
Organized hundreds of events during his time as program manager at The Outlet for Creativity, inc. including fundraisers, street parties, haunted trails, concerts, cultural summits, holiday events, contests, etc...
Front and back end programmer, interaction designer, with experience in rigging, modeling, shading, lighting, VR and AR development, etc ...
Current personal projects|
The M.A.D. House is an interactive, animated series and collaborative Arts playground. Set for release in early 2022.
Jam-A-Looper is an online, collaborative, asyncronous jam session for musicians. This product is a latency workaround that allows musicians to interact with each other and co-create music remotely during the same creative sessions. Set for release in late 2021.
Software: Unity, Blender, Maya, 3D Max, DAWs, Adobe Suite, etc...
|Super Monsters Ate My Condo!|
Quick and crazy. I am most often dropping in and out of games during my day and this one is great for that. It is a fun swiping, 8-bit looking, kooky audio, easy to catch on, fun game. (not a game to play if you are looking to just relax)
I logged way more hours on this one than I would like to admit. Cool stylized 3D 8 bit art, enough surprises and motivation for extended play, and some creative pushes during different seasons. (A lot of in-game fireworks and lanterns during Chinese New Year, etc...)
It might look like a kids' game, but don't let that fool you. Great puzzler with some good progressive challenges.
|Columbo TV Series|
I stumbled across an episode one night and got reconnected to the show. A great "How Done It?" premise with some great special guests as the murderer. (Leonard Nimoy, Leslie Nielsen, Vincent Price, even Johnny Cash!) .... Oh, and there's one more thing, ....
|Galaxy Quest - Movie|
You don't have to be into sci-fi or Start Trek to enjoy this flick. Great acting, fun characters, solid story, good sfx. It is a funny (and sometimes serious) flick definitely worth a watch.
Here is a cool data-driven website that is an interesting way to see how various events affected each other throughout history.
|Viva La Dirt League|
These folks produce some pretty witty and funny gaming related (and other) videos.
|The Fallen of World War II|
"An animated data-driven documentary about war and peace, The Fallen of World War II looks at the human cost of the second World War and sizes up the numbers to other wars in history, including trends in recent conflicts."
|Live From Daryl's House|
Way cool show with some great music being shared. Something like this with food involved is my retirement plan.
Passed down from my great grandma, Bub. if you don't like sauerkraut, you can move on, but if you do .... A fresh slice of homemade bread, buttered and sprinkled with some garlic salt, topped with a helping of sauerkrout with kidney beans and fried up kielbasa. (and a side of perogies is always a bonus)
Growing up, especially on my birthday, my family would all grab our forks and eat our way through the sauce covered polenta to the meatballs and sausage piled up in the middle. I am not sure if I enjoyed the meal or the experience more.
|Optical illusion posters|
"Negative space might not sound that exciting, but when used creatively, it can become so much more than just emptiness."
|Awesome (or at least interesting) Inventions|
Portable Sauna, Cookie Dough Bites In Multiple Flavors, Giant Japanese Dragon Sculpture Made From Wood And Palm Tree Leaves, Ferris Wheel Hummingbird Feeder, Texting Mittens, and so much more!
"The definitive guide to the world’s hidden wonders"