John Ammerman

Associate Professor

Theater Studies

Resident Actor/Director

Theater Emory

Office: Rich Building, Room 215

Phone: 404-727-4650



John Ammerman is a professional actor, director, and playwright. He also serves as the Department Liaison for PACE, Emory University’s freshman advising program. He has been a professional performer for over 35 years, and has performed more than 100 professional roles. His solo career includes five one-man plays written and performed, the most recent being Booth, Brother Booth which appeared at the Globe Theatre in London England and is featured in an anthology of his plays entitled Booth, Brother Booth and Other Plays. His most recent plays produced at Theater Emory include Life Goes On (in the style of a Black and White silent film), Slapping Bernard (in the style of Black and White Film Noir), and a stage adaptation of Jane Austen’s Persuasion. His directing for Theater at Emory has included not only his original works, but also AhWildernessOklahomaYou Can’t Take It With YouThe Red CoatEnigma VariationsAjax, and Sumidagawa. He has extended histories in performance and direction with both the Virginia Shakespeare Festival and the Georgia Shakespeare Festival including roles as Shylock, Macbeth, Hamlet, Richard III, Cyrano de Bergerac, Prospero, Sir Thomas More in A Man For All Seasons, and Salieri in Amadeus; and is the founder of The Refuge Theatre whose inaugural production of Durrenmatt’s Conversation At Night With A Despised Character appeared at the Edinburgh Fringe International Theatre Festival in 2014. He’s a member of Actors Equity Association and is also a recipient of the Suzi Bass Award in acting for his portrayal of Sir Thomas More in A Man For All Seasons. He holds an M.F.A. in Performance from the University of Georgia, and a B.S. in Drama Education from Central Michigan University. He is a former student of the French Mime master, Marcel Marceau, as well as a former Artistic Director of Theater Emory. In the Department of Theater Studies, he teaches movement, styles, beginning acting, and scene study.

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