John Michael Cox is an actor, director, teacher, and acting coach keen on breaking down barriers and building bridges through the art of storytelling. His farm-boy roots and urbanite adaptability have enabled him to perform and/or direct for over thirty professional, community, and educational productions within the last eight years. Mr. Cox has established himself as a proficient acting coach holding countless coaching sessions and theatre workshops on acting, Shakespeare, and vocal performance which have benefited students, teachers, actors, and public speakers along the east coast from the Carolinas to New Jersey. Mr. Cox is a full-time assistant professor of theatre at Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina and an every-day adventurer with his loving wife, Allison.
In 2019 Mr. Cox was certified with recommendation in Unarmed, Rapier & Dagger, and Broadsword by the Society of American Fight Directors, and is a current MFA candidate at Shakespeare Theatre Company's Academy for Classical Acting (ACA) at The George Washington University. During his extensive course work at the ACA, Mr. Cox and his fellow candidates presented six different productions in collaboration with directors Dan Crane, Paul Reisman, Dody DiSanto, Craig Baldwin, Timothy Douglas, and Aaron Posner.
Mr. Cox trained at the ACA under Alec Wild (Acting, Text & Rhetoric), Edward Gero (Acting & Text), Floyd King (Acting Comedy), Lisa Beley & Acacia Danielson (Voice & Speech), Dody DiSanto (Mask & Clown), Robb Hunter & Bess Kaye (Stage Combat), Chris Cherry (Alexander Technique), Roberta Stiehm (Movement & Conditioning), Lisae C. Jordan (Stretch), and Leslie Jacobsen (Topics in Theatre).
Recent credits include: As You Like It, Measure for Measure, Henry VI, and The Two Gentlemen of Verona (ACA); The Tempest and Love’s Labour’s Lost (Greenville Shakespeare Company); A Christmas Carol (Greenville Theatre); Hamlet, The Taming of the Shrew, and Twelfth Night (Classic Players).