Now & Then Creative Company performs in the theatre at Metropolitan Arts Institute: 1700 N. 7th Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85007.

Mission Statement

Now & Then Creative Company focuses on the "now"—new plays and play development, while also producing the "then"—classic pieces that speak to the present. The company—in residence at Metropolitan Arts Institute—creates high quality, thoughtful, and affordable productions that value artistic risks.

Commitment to Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

We are committed to the work for equity, diversity, and inclusion in all that we do.


We pledge to welcome all people into Now & Then, regardless of their race, class, religion, country of origin, immigration status, ability, age, gender identity, political affiliation, or sexual orientation.


We pledge to become inclusive at every level of our organization. We have work to do.


We pledge to be a brave space that explores truth, pursues hope, and fosters mutual understanding.


We pledge to tell stories that reflect our community, from our local community.

John Perovich

Artistic Director

John Perovich earned his B.A. in Communications: Radio/TV/Film from Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey, in 2004. While at Rowan, John primarily worked on tv and film by day and participated in the theatre program at night, often performing in main stage and studio productions.

After Rowan, John attended New York University and earned his M.A. in Educational Theatre for Colleges & Communities in 2006. While attending NYU, John instructed after school programs for K-5 in drama and musical theatre. After NYU, John returned home to southern New Jersey and began working on an after school program with Learning Stages, an educational theatre company in Pitman, New Jersey. John instructed ClassACT, an after school program that worked with K-12 students on theatre skills development through the creation of original works.


John began working at Stockton University in Galloway, New Jersey, in 2007, in their residential life program. While at Stockton, John oversaw residential life programming and also served as an adjunct instructor for playwriting, acting, and dramatic literature for the School of Arts & Humanities.


In 2013, John was accepted into Arizona State University’s M.F.A. in Dramatic Writing program. John focused on playwriting and screenwriting at ASU. He also instructed or assisted in the instruction of theatre and film courses for the School of Film, Dance, and Theatre. John graduated in May 2016. John currently serves as the head of performing arts and instructor of the theatre and film departments at Metropolitan Arts Institute in Phoenix, AZ.

John’s plays have been featured in festivals with the Kennedy Center, Mid-America Theatre Conference, and the Last Frontier Theatre Conference. John’s plays have also been produced locally at Arizona State University, Brelby Theatre Company, B3 Productions and Space 55. John is a company member and Director of New Work Development at Brelby Theatre Company. He is also a member of the Dramatists Guild of America, serving as the Guild's Southwest Ambassador for the Northern Arizona Region.

Cody Goulder

Associate Artistic Director

Born and raised on Cave Creek, AZ, Cody Goulder earned his Bachelor's Degree from Whittier College, majoring in Theatre and Communication Arts, in 2004.  During his time in Los Angeles, Goulder worked with such companies as the Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival (Thousand Oaks, CA) and the Porters of Hellsgate (Hollywood, CA).  In 2009, Goulder, along with several Whittier College theatre alumni, founded the Fresh Baked Theatre Company whose mission involved the development and production of new, unproduced plays.  During the company's existence, FBTC produced numerous new works and presented them to audiences in the greater Los Angeles area.


In 2010, Goulder returned to Arizona to attend Arizona State University where he earned a Master of Fine Arts in Dramatic Writing. During his time in graduate school, Goulder dove further into the world of new play development and dramaturgy, working with such companies as Black Theatre Troupe, Phoenix Theater's New Works Festival, and Childsplay's Write Now Conference.  Since graduating in 2013, Goulder continues to work both on stage and behind it always keeping an eye on new works within the rising Phoenix theatre community.