Originally from South Carolina, J.P. is a founding member of Boots on the Ground Theater and a graduate of Coastal Carolina University. In addition to his studies at CCU, he has worked and trained at the Guthrie Theater, the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, and the SITI Company with director Anne Bogart. In 2019, he served as the inaugural Allen Lee Hughes Leadership and Business Fellow at Arena Stage and currently serves as the Associate Producer at Synetic Theater. His work as a producer has been featured in the Washington Post, the LA Times, the Post & Courier, and the Charleston City Paper.
Recent directing credits include "Fire Mountain" (Los Angeles Central Public Library, Raze the Space); Grounded (Piccolo Spoleto Festival Selection, BOTG); Assassins (Asst. Director, Theater Latté Da); Hamlet (Asst. Director, Park Square Theatre); Three Sisters, Marisol (CCU); "Catatonic" (Atlantic Stage's New Voices PlayFest); and The Giving Tree (Fine Arts Center).
Acting credits include A Year With Frog & Toad (SC Children's Theatre); Love's Labour's Lost and Titus Andronicus (Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey); Big Love, Pride & Prejudice, “A Rehearsal for Celebrations” and Picnic (CCU); Assassins and The Who’s Tommy (College of Charleston); Lincoln’s Last Day (Smithsonian Channel) and “Identity” (The CW). He is an alumnus of the Directors Lab at the Pasadena Playhouse and a recipient of the Dean's Excellence Scholarship at CCU.