John Parsonson graduated from the Royal Central School of Speech & Drama, London, England.
- 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"
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
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...
Founder Beverly Hills Playhouse
Milton "in the chair"
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
Starring David Paladino & Ken Rosier
Directed by John Parsonson
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..."
John's work as a teacher begins...
The Tampa Pros
as the Chain Saw Juggler
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!
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 confident....as 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".
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