Luke Fontana


   John McGowan is a Canadian-born performer currently residing in New York City. From the age of 9 he began auditioning for a wide range of productions on both stage and screen, frequently performing in various regions of Southern Ontario. During his post-secondary education, John took several roles in both Niagara and The Greater Toronto area, after being encouraged to pursue acting by his friends and family.

   Following the completion of his degree in Dramatic Arts at Brock University, he attended Toronto auditions for The American Musical and Dramatic Academy, where he was accepted into the NYC Musical Theatre Program with three scholarships. 

    Due to his progress at AMDA, he has most recently been granted work-authorized permission within the US and has since appeared in several theatrical productions and venues such as Feinstein's 54 Below, The West End, The Green Room 42, Time to Fly LLC's Next to Normal (Gabe Goodman) and The Big Bang Theory Off-Broadway, originating the role of Sheldon Dr. Sheldon Cooper -based off the CBS hit show starring Jim Parsons.


John can be seen as "Junior" in the 20th Anniversary Celebration benefitting the Autistic Self Advocacy Network, currently available in a 4-part (COVID) reading on YouTube. Magic Railroad combines various versions of the scripts from the 2000 film, in which Thomas the Tank Engine meets Shining Time Station starring Mara Wilson and Alec Baldwin. 

This reading features memorable talents from the Broadway community, film and television and The West End, including Colin Mochrie, Richard Kind, Jonah Platt and many others. 

Part 2/4 featuring John's introduction HERE

Donations to the Autistic Self Advocacy Network HERE


Luke Fontana


"As an actor, he's sexy, he's dangerous, he's smart, he's clever, he's good. As a human being he's just one of the finest. I would be in a room with him every chance I could get."

Evan Pappas,  Actor/Director

"Brilliant! Heart, soul, expertise and a sweet voice. A man who can play a multitude of characters- I adore him."

Elaine Petricoff, Actor/AMDA Chair

"His acting is sublime and he has a voice that is both exciting and tender which made his performance of Gabe both electrifying and heartbreaking. I enjoyed every minute we had together on stage. John is endearing, soulful and hilarious - a gem in every respect."

Stacy Lee Tilton,  ACTOR

"No matter what happens, if anything ever goes wrong with the production, I feel safe when he's on stage. I know that he's got it and he's in control."

Nicholas Barnes,  Producer

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