John Hosking, Actor & Singer-Songwriter
John received his B.A. in Theatre Arts from Montana State University (MSU) and is a Hilberry Graduate Fellow (Wayne State University). As a young actor, he performed with Montana’s Shakespeare in the Parks (MSIP) in its first two years and with the Virginia City Players from 1972-1981. While touring the Pacific Northwest with A Contemporary Theatre (ACT) of Seattle, John was involved with ACT’s Theatre for Young Audiences and Main Stage and was invited to perform at the Kennedy Center.
Returning to Montana, John co-founded the Vigilante Theatre Company with fellow actor Rhonda Smith in 1981. Putting down roots in Bozeman, he was a member of the Founding Board of the Emerson Cultural Center in 1993.
As a musician, John was first recognized for the music he wrote and performed for the Vigilantes. During his touring theatre years, he also performed at regular coffee shop gigs, playing folk music, Beatles covers, and his own original tunes. Regional fans have long known that John is both an accomplished classical actor and Americana musician.
After thirty years with the Vigilante Theatre Company, he began to focus solely on his song-writing in 2013. Today, John’s fans are enjoying his new repertoire of his own original music, and he’s enjoying the freedom he’s found in growing his own unique sound. John also continues to perform as an actor at regional theatres including The Ellen Theatre, Bozeman Actor’s Theatre, The Verge Theatre, and MSIP’s winter productions in the Black Box at MSU. He has also performed in regional films and numerous commercials.