John Kallas, Ph.D., the son of Greek parents, was steeped in the immigrant experience. As a boy growing up in Newark, Jew Jersey, he shined shoes, sold newspapers, and taught his father to speak English.
As a young man, he joined the 82nd Airborne Division during World War II, jumped into Normandy the night before D-Day, and subsequently survived the Battle of the Bulge and the jump across the Rhine River.
After the war, John attended night school at Fairleigh Dickinson University, where he received a B.A. in fine arts. He later earned an M.A. and a Ph.D. from New York University. He worked as an electronics and computer designer until he left to teach at New York University, later becoming a professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University. He retired to concentrate on his playwriting and subsequently had several of his plays produced in New York.
John founded the Manhattan Playwrights Unit and served as chairman of the board of directors for the Greek Theatre of New York. He was accepted as a “Man of The Theatre” member by The Players, was an active member of The Greek Writers Guild of America, and served on the board of directors of The Metropolitan Greek Chorale. He is the author of Growing Up as a Greek-American.