John Fleck

Writer and Performer

John Fleck started his acting career in 1976 and then gained notoriety as a performance artist in 1983 when he climbed on top of the One Way Bar in Silverlake at a monthly event called THEORETICAL and proceeded to strip tease while singing Puccini’s Madam Butterfly. It was a heady uphill ride from performing in LA and NYC clubs to creating larger pieces in performance spaces and museums while also establishing a career as an actor in theater and TV/film.  John’s resistance to being pigeonholed began in 1990 when he and three other performance artists were labeled ‘obscene’ by the likes of Senator Jesse Helms and Congressman Dana Rohrabacher who put pressure on the National Endowment for the Arts to rescind funding to the four artists thus forever branding them the NEA 4. Their case went to the Supreme Court, which they won. Award-winning and sometimes controversial self-scripted shows include Blacktop Highway (premiered at REDCAT), MAD WOMEN, Side EFFlecks May Include, Nothin’ Beats Pussy, A Snowball’s Chance in Hell, Dirt, Blessed are all the Little Fishes, ‘ME’ Psycho Opera and I got the He-Be-She-Be’s. Recent theater credits include SAPO (Culture Clash @ Getty Villa), Go Back to Where You Are & Blacktop Highway (Odyssey Theatre), PEACE (Culture Clash @ the Getty Villa), Tobacco Road (La Jolla Playhouse), Atlanta (Geffen Theater), Applause (Reprise, UCLA), A Perfect Wedding (Kirk Douglas Theater), Noises Off (Cape Playhouse-Dennis, Mass.), She Stoops to Comedy, Small Craft Warnings, Cringe & Berlin Circle (Evidence Room), On the Jump (South Coast Rep), The Mystery of Irma Vep (Tiffany Theater), The Granny (Old Globe), The Illusion (LATC)  TV/Film include Orville, Criminal Minds, True Blood, Anger Management, Bones, The Middle, Weeds, The Closer, Nip Tuck, Carnivale, Seinfeld, Murder One & Tales of the City. He is one of only three actors who have performed as many roles in all the Star Trek TV series (The Next Generation, Deep Space 9, Voyager and Enterprise). Film credits include Velvet Buzzsaw, Alaska is a Drag, Falling Down, and Waterworld among others.