John Todd, a native of the Carolinas, received his training at the prestigious North Carolina School of the Arts, receiving a full scholarship at the age of 16. Taking his training out into the world, John has directed and choreographed numerous commercials, industrials, musicals, and has worked on many television and stage shows, garnering much attention for his unique and innovative style. His most recent experiences include directing A Year Of Living Dangerously at 54 Below in NYC, Company and West Side Story at the Triandi Stage in Athens, Greece, D23 (a Disney fan favorite), choreographing multiple episodes of Days Of Our Lives for NBC, an IKEA National Commercial, Kiss Me Kate at the Herod Atticus Theater in Athens, Greece and Annie Get Your Gun for the award winning San Diego Musical Theater. John was named Choreographer of the Year by StageSceneLA for his work on Kiss Me Kate (Cabrillo Music Theatre) and The Music Man (Musical Theater West). John most recently opened Bronies! the Musical (Third Street Theater) to rave reviews. Some of John’s other director/choreography credits also include the Disney stage shows The Jungle Book, The Good Dinosaur, Big Hero 6, Tangled, The Muppets Most Wanted, Sofia The First, Monster’s University, Jake and the Neverland Pirates, The Little Mermaid and Mulan. In addition, he has choreographed commercials for companies such as IKEA, Scope with Ryan Seacrest and eyewear giant Ray-Ban, as well as the musical theater shows Sweet Smell Of Success (Musical Theater Guild), Annie Get Your Gun (SDMT), The Music Man (MTW), Damn Yankees (Cabrillo Music Theatre) Sunset Boulevard (MTW), Company (Crown City), Bells Are Ringing and Anyone Can Whistle (MTW), Jasper In Deadland (PMT), Falsettos, The Full Monty (Third Street Theater), Gypsy, and Merrily We Roll Along. John also had the opportunity to work as an assistant choreographer on film and television shows including The Last Tycoon, SMILF, Saving Mr. Banks, Mad Men, About A Boy, Ronna and Beverly, Marvel's Agents of Shield, as well as choreographing the movie musical Samantha Spade Ace Detective. Mr. Todd has also created 3 works for the prestigious Houston Ballet.
John's performing experience is comprised of working with world-renowned companies such as The Hungarian State Ballet, Houston Ballet (where he received the Michael Wasmund Award for most outstanding dancer), Pacific Northwest Ballet, and also as a soloist with Fort Worth Ballet and Hartford Ballet. John’s performing career wasn’t only within the ballet companies. He also performed on Broadway as part of the original cast of the Tony Awarded musical Movin' Out and in Tony Award winning, The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway as well as the national tour. John has also made appearances in the television shows Bourbon Street (series regular), Days of Our Lives, As the World Turns, Sex and the City, and Law and Order as well as films including Jack the Giant Slayer, The Muppets, Gnomio and Juliet, Alpha and Omega, Jackass Number Two, A Christmas Carol, Sironia, and Spells (with John Lithgow). Furthermore, Mr. Todd was cast as the lead in the Sundance awarded play The Studio, written by Christopher D'Ambois, and shared the stage with Tony and Emmy nominated Terrence Mann. He has experienced the great fortune of performing in numerous venues across Europe, including England where he played the role of "Peter Quince" in A Midsummer Night's Dream at Sadler's Wells in London, and “Romeo" in Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet for German Television.
In addition to John’s successful performance career, he has had the privilege of working with dance legends such as Agnes DeMille, Martha Graham, Nacho Duato, Melissa Hayden, Suzanne Farrell, and Twyla Tharp as well as the celebrated directors Robert Zemeckis and Paul Feig. All of them have taught John a tremendous amount on being well versed in all forms of the Arts which he continues to utilize in his own career and pass along to the next generation of dancers.