john Maclay


John Maclay is a playwright who specializes in adaptation for Theatres for Young Audiences. In addition to his latest, THE LEGEND OF ROCK PAPER SCISSORS, his plays and musicals include GOOSEBUMPS THE MUSICAL: Phantom of the Auditorium (with Danny Abosch), GERONIMO STILTON: MOUSE IN SPACE, JUST A LITTLE CRITTER MUSICAL (with Brett Ryback), NANCY DREW AND HER BIGGEST CASE EVER (with Jeff Frank), ANATOLE (with Lee Becker and James Valcq), a new version of ROBIN HOOD (with Joe Foust)and  NATE THE GREAT (with Brett Ryback). Upcoming projects include ANDROMEDA AND THE TRIALS  OF HERCULES (with Joe Foust).


Prior to leaving to pursue writing full tune, John  proudly served in various leadership roles at First Stage in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, one of the America’s largest and most respected theatres for young audiences. John’s worked with First Stage in one form or other since 2000 and directed or appeared in more than 25 First Stage productions (from classics to world premieres) as well as having produced more than 50 productions for the First Stage high school programs.John’s work as an actor or director has also been seen at the Utah Shakespeare Festival, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Milwaukee Shakespeare Company, Defiant Theatre, Bunny Gumbo, Bialystock and Bloom, Skylight Opera Theatre and more. When not doing that all of that, he is busy teaching theatre at Carthage College in Kenosha, WI.

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  • The Quest for Solomon's Treasure
    Sep 20, 2020, 7:00 PM – Nov 01, 2020, 11:00 PM
    FS Virtual House
    Developed by John Maclay and Jeremy Tardy Streaming September 20 – November 1, 2020 Entire series available through May 2021
  • New Play Reading: Apollo and the Trials of Hercules
    Sep 11, 2020, 12:00 PM – Sep 13, 2020, 9:00 PM
    Live Online Discussion
    Stream this New Play Reading anytime September 11 – 13, 2020; then join us for a live online discussion with the writers and directors on Sunday, September 13 at 7pm.