John Giampietro was formerly the artistic director of New York City’s Accidental Theater Company where he directed Love's Labour's Lost, Miss Julie, Joan of Lorraine, Feeding the Dead, and Wagner’s in the Tub. He has also directed A Midsummer Night's Dream for the National Shakespeare Company and has worked on productions for the Vermont Shakespeare Company, Phoenix Theater, Actors Theater of Louisville, New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, Manhattan School of Music, and Manhattan Opera, among others. Among the directors he has assisted are Lee Blessing, Marion McClinton, Doug Hughes, Garland Wright, and Franco Zeffirelli. As an actor he portrayed the title role in Hamlet, Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, Jason in Medea Unharnessed, the Duke in Measure for Measure, and Odysseus in Hekabe. Giampietro is the author of three plays: Strength of God and other Grotesques, which had its premiere at Joe's Pub at the Public Theater; Wagner's in the Tub; and The M. of Versailles. He is currently adjunct associate professor at Hofstra University and a member of the faculty of the Chautauqua Institution School of Music. He studied acting and directing at Hofstra University and has been on the faculty at Juilliard since 2010.