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John Rambo was born in Oregon, the son of an Air Force Master Sergeant. His early childhood covered four states and two countries. His Dad’s retirement brought the family to Colorado, where John grew up at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. The family wasn't done migrating though and moved to California shortly after the kids finished high school. He came to Hickory in 2005 from Sacramento, California with an extensive background in nonprofit management and a life-long love of theatre.


He co-founded a new charity organization, Breaking Barriers Community Services Center in Sacramento in the late 1990’s. Prior to starting Breaking Barriers, John had completed a degree in theatre arts from Sacramento City College with the intent of pursuing a career in theatre management.


John’s love of theatre goes back to his early teens, when he worked as a “go-fer” and techie with Foothill Community Theatre in Ft. Collins, Colorado. There’s a funny story in just how that all got started – be sure to ask him about it because it’s a story he loves to tell. He has worked with 17 different theatre companies – in two states – as an actor, stage manager, designer, house manager and technician.


His nonprofit management career began in the summer of 1991, when he decided that he had to pursue work that brought meaning to life. He has also done free consulting work with other organizations to help our community be a better place to live.




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