Executive Director | Head of Acting
John Armstrong is an actor, producer, director, and coach with over 18 years of professional experience in the world of entertainment. Currently, John is the co-founder and COO of Pigasus Pictures LLC, an Indiana-based, independent film company recognized as “Cultural Visionaries in Film” by NUVO magazine for the work on their feature film The Good Catholic (starring Danny Glover and John C. McGinley). The second and third films from Pigasus, Ms. White Light (starring Judith Light and John Ortiz), and The Miseducation of Bindu (starring David Arquette) are set for release in 2019, and several more films are gearing up for production.
John has served as instructor and professor of acting, voice, movement, musical theatre, and Shakespeare studies at the New York Film Academy, Ohio Northern University, Indiana University, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Cleveland Playhouse, and Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, NJ. At Paper Mill, John served as a core instructor for their nationally recognized summer Musical Theatre Conservatory and co-created Paper Mill Prep, a pre-college program for aspiring stage performers. John also worked served as a senior associate instructor at New York Speech Coaching, where he specialized in coaching executives for work at the United Nations, TED, Google, Citibank, PWC, Thomson Reuters, SoulCycle, and virtually every sector of business, finance, marketing, tech, and more.
John began his training in vocal performance at the famed Jacob’s School of Music at Indiana University. He earned a bachelor’s degree in musical theatre (under the mentorship of esteemed professor emeritus George Pinney) and an MFA in acting in the Department of Theatre, Drama, and Contemporary Dance. John’s acting credits include As You Like It (New York Classical Theatre), The Piper with Tony award nominees Christiane Noll and Bob Cuccioli (NYMF and Irish Repertory), Heartbreaker with Tony award nominee Christine Andreas (NYC), Macbeth (Indiana Rep), Hamlet (Freed PAC), Ordinary Days (Short North Stage), Bandgeeks!, Play it Cool, and the title character in The Noteworthy Life of Howard Barnes (Human Race), Treasure Island, a musical... (Beef and Boards), Santaland Diaries (Cardinal Stage Company), SICK (one man show, Cleveland Public), Pure Heaven (Emelin Theatre), Seussical (National Tour), Company, Parade (Broward Stage), Into the Woods, Grease, Hello Dolly (Rocky Mountain Rep), and over 25 plays and musicals through Indiana University. John’s academic directing credits include productions of Nine the Musical, Eurydice by Sarah Ruhl, and Measure for Measure. John is also a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association.