Mr. John Pixley's Biography
After working on and performing in the ground-breaking P.H. *reaks: The Hidden History of People with Disabilities with other disabled artists in the Other Voices project at the Mark Taper Forum in L.A., John Pixley wrote Jury by Trial, his first full-length play. Inspired by his experiences serving as a juror, Jury by Trial received its first reading directed by Timothy Douglas in May 1996, in the Other Voices Chautauqua: May Days and Summer Nights. John's second play, Someone Like Him, received its first reading, directed by David Catanzarite, at Pomona College in May, 1998. He performed in both. John made his performance art debut at Highways in Santa Monica in 2003 in The Body Here You See, a forty minute exploration of disability, body image and sexuality directed to Kathy Kilsby.
John, who received a B.A. in English from University of California Riverside in 1985, lives in the college-town/suburbia-oasis of Claremont, on the fringe of L.A. county, where, among other things, he shares his house with a cat, Sam, and two canaries, Morro and Pippin. He writes a regular column in the CLAREMONT COURIER and enjoys going to plays and other events at the Claremont colleges and in the L.A. area. A vegetarian and an active member of the Claremont Quaker Meeting, John came out as a gay man in January, 1999, and is involved, once again as a severely disabled pioneer, in the California Men's Gatherin, the L.A. Gay Men's Peer Group and the Radical Faeries.