John Parsonson graduated from the Royal Central School of Speech & Drama, London, England.


Career Highlights


-  A six month tour of the play Dear Daddy with British Actor Nigel Patrick, as the second male lead.

-  Cast as Richard Harris' brother in the film Game for Vultures with introductory billing.

-  The lead in the television series Call Me Kelly.

-  The lead, and Producer, of the feature film Savage Encounter.


Some years later, after a break, he decided to go back to study.


Then John discovered the famed Beverly Hills Playhouse. click


"When I arrived, I knew... this is why American acting is so good.

I had better pay attention. I could really learn something"

John Parsonson



photo: Nick Weall

Embassy Theatre, London, England

Home of the Royal Central School

of  Speech & Drama

John in a piece called

Score from Mixed Doubles


The Old Vic Theatre

The Aldwych Theatre


John did front-of-house jobs for the National Theatre Company at the Old Vic and the Royal Shakespeare Company at the Aldwych and was able to watch the greats at work - Lawrence Olivier, John Gielgud, John Wood.


John's work as an actor begins...


John's first film in England

Game For Vultures starring

Richard Harris (Prof Dumbledore) Jana Cilliers John Parsonson


Savage Encounter

John's first lead role

John's first experience as a Producer with Bernie Buys as writer/director to his left. Howard Bashew, cinematographer, sits in the sidecar with a Panavision camera

John's work as a Director begins...

Milton Katselas

Founder Beverly Hills Playhouse

Milton "in the chair"

Master Class

Beverly Hills Playhouse

Four years of classes then sitting in on

Milton Katselas' rehearsals and watching the Master at work.

John began with directing scenes in class.

The Beverly Hills Playhouse Entrance

The Beverly Hills Playhouse Main Stage

Then directing plays that ran at the Beverly Hills Playhouse, Beverly Hills, California, the Skylight Theater and the Tamarind Theater, in Los Angeles.





The production earned nine nominations for awards, the Ovation Awards, The LA Weekly Awards, the NAACP Awards, and won two, Best Leading Actor in a play and Best Ensemble.



Trevor Torseth smolders in

27 Wagons Full of Cotton

written by Tennessee Williams friend of Milton Katselas

The Island

Starring David Paladino & Ken Rosier

Directed by John Parsonson



Los Angles Times Review

Pointless duties are designed to break the prisoner's spirits. Random blows are meant to break their bodies. Yet they refuse to be beaten down.


Set on South Africa's Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was held for nearly 18 years...


Director John Parsonson clearly understands these themes...


...his extraordinary actors give their all. The result is absolutely liberating.

"...director John Parsonson keeps the tension building in Williams' Southern gothic slow burner.

... the physically imposing Torseth exudes considerable menace..."



LA Weekly


John's work as a teacher begins...

The Tampa Pros

Other Professionals

Jamie LaBudde

Wade Henry

as the Chain Saw Juggler

Wade Skywalker



Being in the Tampa Pro Class was very beneficial on so many levels. I found John's methods and the use of the checklist to almost instantly help my acting and how I approached my characters. As a matter of fact, with John's insight and coaching I was not only cast but also fortunate to win an acting award for my first role on stage in "To Kill a Mockingbird" at the St. Pete City Theater. I highly recommend this class!


Jamie LaBudde,


St. Petersburg, FL



I've been a professional entertainer for over 18 years.  I've performed over 8,000 shows for live audiences all over the U.S., Canada and Australia.


I decided to take John's class and get some personal coaching on my acting skills.   Wow!  In only my first class, I learned so much about the craft.  I was empowered, revitalized and an actor.  And after only one class!


After 2 classes, I went out of state to deliver some shows at an event.  This was a matter of routine delivery for me.  Only, it wasn't routine.  I found that my performances were greatly enhanced by what I learned from John.


John has, as far as I'm concerned, the BEST system for training actors to develop their craft.  He combines this with a very broad and rich background in both theater and film.  He has spent much time in Hollywood with many legends and has a real skill for taking the wisdom from the greats in this business and getting it passed on to his students.


Thank you, John, for sharing your wisdom, your stories and insights regarding this great profession.  And thank you for helping me get real results in developing my "craft".


Wade Henry


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