John Gawlik grew up in the western suburbs and is a graduate of St. Ignatius College Prep and Marquette University. An AEA actor and director, John has appeared with or helmed productions for many Chicago companies. In 2010 he complete a 14 week run of Martin McDonagh's The Lonesome West with The Gift Theatre, where is an ensemble member. Recently John directed Around the World in 80 Days and Red Herring for Fox Valley Repertory in St. Charles where he is in his sixth year as Artistic Director. Additional directing credits include The Ruby Sunrise for The Gift Theatre Company which was named one of the Top Ten shows of 2009 by TimeOut Chicago Magazine and was remounted in July, 2010 at Theater on the Lake, Dated: A Cautionary Tale for Facebook Users for Collaboraction's Sketchbook Festival (Festival Best Director) and the Jeff Award winning production of The Good Thief. As an actor, some of John favorite shows include Beauty Queen of Lennane with the Gift Theatre, A Skull in Connemara at Northlight (After Dark Award, Ensemble), The Great Society with Famous Door and The Life and Times of Tulsa Lovechild with Collaboraction (Jeff Award for Ensemble).