John Keller was born and raised in New Brunswick, NJ and works in NYC and regionally as a freelance actor. He works as an artist and a project curator for coLAB Arts, a central NJ artist collaborative. He is also company member of Theater167 where he performed in the world premiere of Tina Howe's Singing Beach as well as Antu Yacob's Mourning Sun. Other theatre167 productions include You Are Now the Owner of This Suitcase, JH3AM and Jackson Heights Revisited. Other credits include Orlando Shakespeare Theater as Jonathan Harker in the one-man adaptation of Dracula, as well as the tittle roles Henry V and The Life and Adventures or Nicholas Nickleby, Shakespeare in Love as well as Roderigo in Othello, Edward in Sense and Sensibility, and Olivia in Twelfth Night which is the only fully Elizabethan Practices production in the U.S. which included the Elizabethan dialect. John is also a company member of Mile Square Theatre where roles have included Orsino in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night at the Sinatra Amphitheater on the Hoboken Waterfront and the role of George Bailey in It's A Wonderful Life. Other regional theater roles include Captors by Evan Weiner, directed by Ed Herendeen at the Contemporary American Theater Festival, Inspecting Carol at George Street Playhouse directed by David Saint, as well as playing Jonathan Harker in Dracula directed by Geoffrey Sherman at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival as well as two summer seasons at the Worcester Shakespeare Festival as a Resident Actor - where roles included Banquo in Macbeth, Theseus/Oberon in A Midsummer Nights Dream, Don Pedro in Much Ado About Nothing, and Duke Orsino in Twelfth Night. Recent NYC productions include the first NY revival of The Violet Hour with Active Theater, as well as Martin Zuckerman's premier of the stage adaptation of Edith Wharton's Summer.
John has also performed internationally at the 2009 Balinese International Arts Festival. Where he was part of a the first joint Balinese/American company to perform on the main-stage at the prestigious Balinese Arts Center. The original piece titled Mimpi, was conceived and directed by Lynn Kremer, and fused traditional Balinese dance and folklore with western opera.
While serving as a member of the Leadership and Director of Education for coLAB Arts, John has produced main-stage productions and initiated short and long term educational residencies in New Jersey Schools.
Outside of performance, John is a Board Member on New Brunswick's Town Clock Community Development Corporation. The goal of this ambitious project is to re-purpose the buildings of First Reformed Church in New Brunswick into a multi-use arts, community, and worship center that will feature new housing for women and children transitioning out of domestic violence.
John earned his undergraduate degree at Holy Cross and holds a Masters in Fine Arts in Acting from Rutgers University - Mason Gross School of the Arts. John has taught Acting and Global Theater in the Rutgers University B.A. program and currently teachers Theater for Social Development. He has also taught Acting in the Rider University B.F.A. program as well as Acting for Opera at Westminster Arts College.