John Maclay is a playwright who specializes in adapting works for young audiences. His plays and musicals include Nate the Great, 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) and a new version of Robin Hood (with Joe Foust). His upcoming projects include writing words for the new musical, The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors, and a new play about Greek mythology.
In addition to a busy schedule as playwright and adaptor of literature for the stage, Maclay proudly serves as director of artistic development at First Stage in Milwaukee, Wis., one of America’s largest and most respected theatres for young audiences. Maclay has been working with First Stage in one form or another since 2000 and has 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. His 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 others. When not doing all of that, he is busy teaching theatre at Carthage College in Kenosha, Wis.