Degrees and Certifications:

Mr. John Stephan

Phone: 609-593-3560 x5800

Degrees and Certifications:
M.F.A. Theatre (Directing)--in progress

M.A. Theatre Education

B.A. English
B.A. K-12 Subject Matter Education
Minor- Theatre

  • Originally from Northern New Jersey, I moved to South Jersey after graduating from Rowan University with a Bachelor’s degree in English and K-12 Subject Matter Education and a minor in Theatre. I earned my Master’s degree in Theatre from the University of Northern Colorado’s Department of Theatre and Dance, and I am currently working towards my Master of Fine Arts degree in Theatre with an emphasis in directing from the University of Idaho's Theatre Arts Department. Prior to coming to Cedar Creek in 2017, I taught English and theatre at Cumberland Regional High School for nine years, where I was recognized as the district's 2015 "Teacher of the Year." This year, I will be teaching Honors American Literature, Introduction to Theatre, and Play Performance. In addition to teaching, I serve as the head of the award-winning Theatre program at Cedar Creek, which produces an annual fall play and spring musical open to all students to audition. For more information about the theatre program, please visit

    Outside of CCHS, I direct and choreograph for college, community, and semi-professional theatre companies including Camden County College's Theatre Department, The Off Broad Street Players Theatre Company at the Levoy Theatre, and The Broadway Theatre of Pitman. I have directed/choreographed productions of: Bye Bye Birdie, Damn Yankees, Grease, Anything Goes, RENT, Shrek the Musical (NJACT Perry Award Nomination for "Outstanding Choreography"), Disney's The Little Mermaid (NJACT Perry Award Nomination for "Outstanding Choreography" and Perry Award winner for "Outstanding Production of a Musical"), The Will Rogers Follies, Sister Act: The Musical, Titanic: The Musical, Disney's Beauty and the Beast (NJACT Perry Award Nomination for "Outstanding Choreography" and "Outstanding Direction" and winner for "Outstanding Production of a Musical"), Evita, Bright Star, Mamma Mia, and The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

    I'm looking forward to a great school year working with all of you! Please visit the class pages to the left for specific information. Please do not hesitate to contact me if have any questions and/or concerns.