John Yianni Stamas

Filmmaker, Entrepreneur, University Lecturer

John Yianni Stamas has either directed or had as clients, actors who have won Oscars, Emmys, Golden Globes, Tonys and Platinum PIAs. Actors he's directed include Irene Miracle, LeVar Burton and Nicolas Cage. His digital media arts consulting, education and filmmaking clients range over a period of more than ten years and include Zoetrope Studios, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the Film Society of Lincoln Center, NYC Department of Education, TCI College of Technology and the New York Public Library. He has made five feature length web series and “cablesodes" using the Entertainment Entrepreneurship process – all of them released pre-YouTube. He also co-founded the Magic Neighbors Theater Company featuring human performers as well as the Magic Neighbors Puppets. The Magic Neighbors perform in library branches all over New York City including Inwood, Morrisania, Grand Central and Columbus. In addition to his Bachelor of Arts degree from State University of New York, Empire State College (Entrepreneurship and Digital Media), he did the two year Meisner Acting Program at William Esper Studio plus spent three years as a Film Apprentice at Zoetrope Studios headed by the late Dr. August Coppola and his brother filmmaker Francis Coppola. He is currently pursuing his Master of Arts in Arts Administration (with a specialization in digital filmmaking).

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