John Henry Davis is a director of theatre, opera, film and television. He is known for directing premieres and revivals of plays and musicals in theatres all across the country, including Playwrights Horizons, The Mark Taper Forum, the Kennedy Center, The Dallas Theatre Center, The Philadelphia Drama Guild, and Baltimore Center Stage. In television and film, he has directed Oz for HBO, many documentaries, and the award-winning feature film Ordinary Sinner.
In Los Angeles since 2012, he’s directed a number of shows throughout LA, including Trying and End of the Rainbow at ICT, When Jazz Had the Blues at the Matrix Theatre, and When Stars Align at the Odyssey Theatre. Mr. Davis has also directed the world premiere productions of the plays Papa and Mountain starring Len Cariou for tour and Off-Broadway.
In musical theatre, he directed the world premiere of Cardinal Sins at Centerstage in Federal Way, Eleanor – an American Love Story at Seattle Center Theatre and Musical Theatre West, as well as Cabaret and Into the Woods at LaGuardia Performing Arts Center. In opera, he directed the workshop production of Conrad Cumming’s The Golden Gate at Rose Studio in New York as well as multiple productions of Babes in Toyland at Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center.
For many years John Henry directed and developed new musicals for young audiences at Theatreworks USA, including the long running Lion Witch and the Wardrobe. He has been a dramaturg for many projects, including The Visitor by Tom Kitt and Bryan Yorkey.
John Henry Davis has been a full time professor at LaGuardia Community College as well as a playwright, a novelist, and director of movies and television. See his credits in film and television here.