John Pope was born in Annapolis, Maryland, but lived there for a short amount of time. Soon, he began moving all over the country, from Maryland to Utah; from Utah to Arizona; from Arizona to North Carolina; from North Carolina to New York. While he is a New York-based actor, John considers himself to have grown-up in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Charlotte is where John began performing on a consistent basis. While he has always been involved in the arts, John debuted as a young actor in Beauty and the Beast Jr., playing the role of Lumiere. During his high school years, he has performed in an award-winning improv. troupe ("CHECK! Improv.") for four years. He also proved to become a multi-state champion in the National Forensic League (Speech & Debate) Tournaments, as well as a quarter-finalist in national championship competitions.
John has won several acting awards, including the Cookie Awards' Best Actor for the role of Bobby Strong in Urinetown: The Musical (for which he also earned a 2012 Blumey Award's Best Actor Nomination), Best Supporting Actor for the role of Templeton in Charlotte's Web, and a plethora of other nominations. He also won the North Carolina Theatre Competition's Best Actor Award for the role of Chris in 14 Lines. John was also awarded a special $40,000 performing arts scholarship, which is awarded to one performer annually at the North Carolina Blumey Awards.
John still attends New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, where he has been trained in the Meisner Studio. Here, he has been involved in several New York productions. John also began sound designing as well as songwriting. He has sound designed a few award winning films, such as Bunny Bizness, which won the National Board of Review's Student Grant Award for 2014-2015.
Now, John continues to perform and sound-design, but most recently, he works as a Teacher & Summer Program Director for Kate's Kids Acting Company. Click here for more details.