John Keller is the coLAB co-Producer and Director of Education. He was born and raised in the City of New Brunswick and works in NYC and regionally as a freelance actor.Through his work at coLAB John is committed to creating projects that use the arts as a lens to examine complex issues that affect community - to integrate the arts into a wide variety of interdisciplinary areas, from the environment to social justice, as a process of communication, healing, and change. He has created and curates #HearMe, the Watershed Sculpture Project, theTABLE, stART as well as the theaterMAKER residencies for teens.
As a freelance actor John was most recently seen in the fifth and final season of Boardwalk Empire. In theater, he has worked for Contemporary American Theater Festival, George Street Playhouse, Theater167, Orlando Shakespeare Theater, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Worcester Shakespeare Festival, as well as staring in the off Broadway revival of The Violet Hour… to name a few.
John has also performed internationally at the 2009 Balinese International Arts Festival, where he was part of a the first joint Balinese/American company to perform on the main-stage at the prestigious Balinese Arts Center.
Outside of performance John serves on the Board of the Tyler Clementi Center (TCC) at Rutgers University, committed to creating and sharing knowledge about young people making the transition to college and coming of age in the digital era. John is also a board member on New Brunswick Town Clock Community Development Corporation. The goal of this ambitious project is to re-purpose the buildings of First Reformed Church in New Brunswick into a multi-use, housing, community, arts, and worship center that will feature new housing for women and children transitioning out of domestic violence.
John earned his undergraduate degree at College of the Holy Cross and holds a Masters in Fine Arts in Acting from Rutgers University - Mason Gross School of the Arts. While at Rutgers he taught Acting in the University B.A. program, and has also taught acting in the Rider University B.F.A. program, Westminster College, and Creativity at the Rutgers School of Social Work Doctoral Program.