McCoy was born on September 20, 1974 in
Washington, D.C. Although growing up in
Maryland, he attended a predominantly
African American private elementary school.
While there, he learned about African
American history and discovered his talent
for drawing and art. Upon winning a city
wide art contest in the fourth grade, he
knew that his career path would have to
involve art. He also loved to watch movies
and decided to become a filmmaker.
In 1992, Mr. McCoy enrolled in Hampton
University, a predominantly African American
University in Virginia. He studied Mass
Media with an emphasis in Broadcast
Journalism. At Hampton, he discovered the
theatre and served in every capacity for the
shows of the season. He graduated in 1996
cum laude with a B.A. degree.
In 1997, John entered the University of
Southern California's School of Cinema
Television. There he has made a number of
short films including his upcoming thesis
film entitled, "Echoes of the Dream" about
the late and initial emotional union between
father and daughter on the day Martin Luther
King was assassinated. John finished USC
with an M.F.A. in Cinema Production in 2001.
Mr. McCoy's passion shifts equally between
filmmaking and theatre. He plans to be
involved in a theatre as well as directing
feature films. John lives in Los Angeles.