John Forier teaches drama in the Middle and Upper Schools. His courses include improvisational theatre, monologues and scene study, theatre ensemble and technical theatre. He directs the fall play and the winter musical and coaches student directors through the spring one-act show. Every Saturday, Forier leads the Challengers of the Improv-ssible, a Charles Wright performance improv group. He brings to his work a special combination of kindness, humor and an uncanny sense of patience for developing students over time.
When he received the CWA Parent Association’s Most Inspirational Faculty Award in 2006, one parent wrote, “John has developed actors from awkward, shy, unlikely aspirers. He has pushed these kids, and he develops in his students the ability to take on challenges and risks with excitement, curiosity, humor and enjoyment.”
Forier once opened a show for Gladys Knight and the Pips as a stand-up comedian, but begs you not ask about the reviews. He also once owned Capt. Spiffy’s Superhero Emporium, a comic book shop. He says his greatest theatrical role was “Big Round” in a children’s theater production. The plot, he adds, was “something about nuclear build-up…it was the ’80s.”
Forier has also coached track at Charles Wright. He is ranked in the top five nationally in the master high jump. He also enjoys volleyball and claims, “I can still dunk a basketball, by golly.” He is a comic book artist and enjoys drawing.