John Szymanski

Artistic Associate

John Szymanski is a musician, composer, arranger, producer/engineer and teacher based in Chicago.

His start with the Neo-Futurists is all Kurt Chiang’s fault – he invited John to be part of The Fool (Returns To His Chair) in 2007, and was so enamored that he took two Neo-Futurist classes (and still thanks Kurt for the connection!). He has since collaborated musically and otherwise with the company in many shows, including Fear, Crisis: A Musical Game Show, Daredevils’ Hamlet, Laika Dog In Space, Chalk And Saltwater: The Ladder Project, and various movies within the It Came From The Neo-Futurarium series.

Outside of the Neos, John has contributed music and sound to productions by The Whiskey Rebellion Theatre, Theatre Oobleck, The Harlotry And Necromancy Appreciation Society and The Drinking and Writing Brewery Theatre. He has also scored the music of two films for LA-based filmmaker Peter Sebastian.

John is the keyboardist for Chicago band My My My, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist for Bethany & The Two Johns, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist for The Gub Club, guitarist for cover band Sidecar, and musical collaborator with many, including Emmy Bean, Chris Schoen, Johnny Bliss, Gwynn Fulcher, Oh Hush! and Casie Berger. In his spare time he writes songs, works in his home studio for himself and others, and likes to cook. More info about himself and his projects may be found at