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Dr. Mary W. John

January 1, 2019

1973 – Dallas, Texas & New York City

As a theatre producer and educator, Dr. Mary John produced four off-Broadway shows and founded the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre and its school of professional arts. She graduated from Northwestern University’s School of Speech and received her Ph.D. from New York University. Dr. John has served on the board of directors for the Junior League Childrens Arts Program in Milwaukee, as a founding member and board member for the Wisconsin Arts Foundation and Council, as vice president of the Dallas Chapter of the American Society for Training and Development, as liaison vice president of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Theatre Arts, board member of the Dallas Arts District Friends, board member of the Women’s Center of Dallas, vice president, Program, Young Audiences, chair of the Spear Arts Education Trust and vice president, Texas, and National Director, Arts Programs for Northwood University. She also helped Northwood win the coveted City of Dallas Obelisk Award. She has received numerous awards for her civic and humanitarian activities, including the Modern Spirit Award from the Milwaukee Newspaper Guild and the Community Service Award from Theta Sigma Phi in Milwaukee. She is a member of Theta Sigma Phi for Professional Women in Journalism, Alpha Kappa Delta, a Sociology Honor Society and Zeta Phi Eta, a professional speech society. In October of 1999, she received Northwood’s own Achievement in the Arts Award. Dr. John was director of the Ballard School of Continuing Education in New York City and taught at New York University, the University of Denver and the University of Rhode Island. She has also been an educational consultant for the federal government. Mary makes her home in New York and serves on the boards of the National Music Theatre Network and the Abington Theatre Company.