John Bankhead

Playwright Composer Lyricist Librettist

John Bankhead is an American writer, director, producer, and composer. His body of work covers theater, commercials, film, and the recording arts industries with thematic compositions ranging from the Short Film Network and Special Olympics International to Emmy-Nominated Morning Show Music and the 125th Anniversary of Nevada.

Born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, John's musical stylings draw heavily from the fabric of American culture, molding his skills within the colorful arts scene of New Orleans and other influential areas throughout the U.S. and abroad.

Bankhead’s first original musical, WORK THAT SKIRT (Book), was produced and ran for an extended period on the world's largest stage at the GRAND THEATRE.  His second, AUDITION The Musical (Book, Music, Lyrics), premiered at Good Luck Macbeth Theatre as playwright in residence to an overwhelming response and is in the works to mount in Australia.  John is currently in development of MISTAKEN (Book, Music, Lyrics), an original two-act musical set in Louisiana.

Bankhead lives in the Sierra near Lake Tahoe with his wife Carla and son Ian. He is a member of The Dramatists Guild and ASCAP.

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AUDITION: The Musical  -