John de Lancie has had an eclectic career due, in no small part, to his entrepreneurial skills. As co-founder, with Leonard Nimoy, of Alien Voices; a production company devoted to the dramatization of classic science fiction. He produced, co-wrote and directed dramatizations of: “The Time Machine,” “Journey to the Center of the Earth,” “The Lost World,” “The Invisible Man” and "First Men in the Moon;” as well as three television specials for the Sci-Fi Channel.
Mr. de Lancie directs operas. His latest were “Tosca” and “Cold Sassy Tree” in Atlanta and Madame Butterfly in San Antonio.
He has made eighteen films and has appeared in numerous television shows including “Torchwood,” “Breaking Bad,”“The Unit,” “Hill Street Blues,” "West Wing," “Shark,” “Without a Trace,” "Sports Night," “Judging Amy,” "The Closer," “Star Trek,”“Legend,” “LA Law,” “Picket Fences,” “Civil Wars,” “The Practice” and “Touched by an Angel.”
Mr. de Lancie has written and directed 10 Symphonic Plays: 90-minute programs fully staged productions with orchestra. Titles include “Romeo and Juliet,” “Midsummer Night’s Dream” (Korngold score), “Bourgeois Gentleman,” “The Abduction from the Seraglio” and a vaudeville — “Carnival of the Animals.” They were produced with the Milwaukee, St. Paul Chamber, Ravinia, Los Angelese and Pasadena Orchestras.
Mr. de Lancie was also the writer/director/host of "First Nights,” an adult concert series at Disney Hall with the Los Angeles Philharmonic that explored the life and music of Stravinsky, Beethoven, Mahler, Schumann and Prokofiev. These were fully integrated, fully staged productions with orchestra.
He has been a member of The American Shakespeare Festival, The Seattle Repertory Company, The South Coast Repertory, The Mark Taper Forum and the Old Globe where he recently performed Arthur Miller’s “Resurrection Blues.” His favorite performances include: “Man and Superman,” “The Common Pursuit,” “Childe Byron,” “Art,” and the world premiere of Richard Greenburg’s “The Naked Lady on the Appian Way” and the world premiere of Alan Alda’s “Radiance.”
In the world of music, Mr. de Lancie has performed with Kurt Masur, Sir Colin Davis and the New York Philharmonic; Vladimir Ashkenazy and the Cleveland Orchestra and National Orchestra; Esa Pekka Salonen and the Los Angeles Philharmonic; and Charles Dutoit and the Philadelphia Orchestra and The Montreal Symphony. His repertoire includes "Peer Gynt" "King David," "The Bourgeois Gentleman," "The Lincoln Portrait," "St. Joan," "Midsummer Night's Dream," "Oedipus Rex," "Young People's Guide to the Orchestra," “The Nightingale,” “Egmont” and "Peter and the Wolf."
For Star Trek fans Mr. de Lancie and Robert Picardo have created a Trek Concert Experience that has been performed with the Dallas, Toronto, Cincinnati, Denver and Calgary orchestras.
Mr. de Lancie has performed or directed numerous plays for L.A. Theater Works, the producing arm of KCRW, KPCC and National Public Radio where the series, "The Plays the Thing," originated. He recently returned from a national tour of the “Scopes Monkey Trial” with Ed Asner where he played Clarence Darrow and currently has an adaption of “The Lost World” — which he wrote and directed — touring the country.
Mr. de Lancie is a graduate of Kent State University and The Juilliard School.