John Dessler

John is a creative director, programmer, writer, entrepreneur, musician, performer, and digital/fine artist. He is currently special faculty at the ETC, Carnegie Mellon University and co-teaches Visual Story.
— He has been contracted by and freelances for companies such as GE, NBC, Tyco, Heinz, and various museums and productions - specializing in visual communication and digital training. — In 1996 he founded The Outlet for Creativity, Inc. (a non-profit 501c3) in Rochester, PA, to foster and support the Arts in Beaver County, PA. He served as president for 9 years. — He has been on numerous boards of economic and cultural development and has worked with many organizations including the American Cancer Society, Bridge to Recovery, Adult Literacy Action, Lending Hearts, and The Humane Society. — He was a featured speaker, performer, and on jury at numerous conferences including SIGGRAPH, GDC, and SXSW. — He was the creative director for Creative Services at the ETC where he designed and produced virtual interviews, games, exhibits, and interactions for clients such as Duquesne University, National Civil War Museum, and VERC. — He is a published playwright, winner of the Keystone Press and Telly awards, and is an accomplished studio and performing musician regularly showcased at the famous Blue Bird Café in Nashville, TN.

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