John Tessmer


(619) 665-4416


I'm an actor, theatre director, and a grant writer; I also have taught acting, although not since 2002-2003 with the Old Globe Theatre here in San Diego (save for individual coaching on monologues, audition pieces, etc.).

I taught acting at the University of Colorado-Boulder in 1998, 2000, and 2001, three of the six seasons I worked as an actor with the Colorado Shakespeare Festival. I have been grant-writing since 2002, when I worked for Episcopal Community Services here in San Diego.

Then I freelanced for a couple of years before joining Jewish Family Service of San Diego in July, 2006. As of 2013, I am back to freelancing as a grant writer, both for theatres and my own projects, and am getting more into directing, especially so far for the La Jolla Theatre Ensemble, a group I co-founded in March, 2010 as the Riford Readers Theatre, which performs at the La Jolla Community Center and is branching out to performing elsewhere as well; so far we have also performed multiple times at the La Jolla Public Library and St. James by-the-Sea Episcopal Church.

Specialties: Works of classical theatre, especially Shakespeare. I have acted in two-thirds of the canon; and, in addition to performing in a dozen staged readings either of Shakespeare's plays or works based on them, I have acted in at least one full production of a Shakespeare play 24 of the last 26 years.