John was the Producing Artistic Director of Amerian Globe Theatre for 25 years, the longest running, off-off Broadway theatre in midtown Manhattan. For American Globe he has directed over 50 productions, including not only a variety of Shakespeare's works, but the New York premieres of PASSAGES and the award-winning VANDALS.
John's unique style and exciting approach to both the classics and contemporary theater has created a demand for his talents at theaters and universities alike. He has directed works of great diversity– from TWELFTH NIGHT,KING LEAR, RICHARD III and CANDIDA to BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS– for American Shakespeare Centre, American Stage Theater, Asolo Theater, Bradley University, Long Island University, and the University of Colorado, to name a few. Equally at home with the camera, John has also been a director for NBC's ANOTHER WORLD.
His Dynamic and upbeat Playing Shakespeare Series continues to enlighten and inspire actors across the nation. He helped launch the Sedona Shakespeare Festival in Arizona and has also presented his workshops for Columbia Teachers College and at Penn State, and is currently an Associate Professor at Marymount Manhattan College. Because of the success of these original and innovative programs. Mr. Basil was recognized by The National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, as well as being awarded the Iben Lectureshop for Shakespeare.
John's book, WILL POWER, How to Act Shakespeare in 21 Days was published in the fall of 2006 by Applause Books.