About John
Dancing with Eternity



John Patrick Lowrie was born in 1952 in Honolulu, Hawaii and raised in Boulder, Colorado. At 16 he left home to make his way as a singer/guitarist/flautist/trombonist in a rock ‘n’ roll band, sleeping in parks and communes and getting to know several hippies. Surviving the draft, he graduated with highest distinction from the Indiana University School of Music and for a few years managed to make a living as a composer and guitarist in his acoustic fusion duo The Kiethe Lowrie Duet, garnering critical acclaim and opening for people who were much more famous than he was. He then decided to become an actor because the pay was better and the work was steadier. To this day he remains the only person he knows of who has done this. He met Ellen McLain, his wife of twenty-four years, in Arnhem, Holland on a European tour of a Broadway show and started his acting career in Palermo, Italy telling jokes to an opera house full of Sicilians who didn’t speak English.  Success continues to dog his heels like an angry Pekinese.

John and his wife now reside in Seattle, where they divide their professional time between acting in live theater and voice acting for computer games and radio dramas.

The Author

Camel Press released John's first novel, Dancing With Eternity, on September 1, 2011. John is the inaugural winner of ForeWord Magazine's ForeWard Firsts Award for Best Debut Novel.

The Actor

Mr. Lowrie has worked the last twenty-five years as an actor in theater, film and television and as a voice actor in radio dramas and computer games.  His credits include:

Radio Dramas

The role of Sherlock Holmes in ...
The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (76 episodes)
The Classic Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (29 episodes)
Various characters in The Adventures of Harry Nile

Computer games

Lord of the Rings: The War in the North ... Beleram/Galar
Halo: Reach ... Sword Control
Halo 3: ODST... Kinsler, additional voices
Infamous ... Warden Harms
F.E.A.R. 2 Project Origin ... Harold Keegan
Left 4 Dead ... Houseboat radio
Half-Life 2: Episode Two ... citizens, misc. characters
Team Fortress 2 ... The Sniper
Half-Life 2: Episode One ... citizens, misc. characters
The Suffering: Ties That Bind ...The Man
The Matrix Online ... Agent Gray
Half-Life 2 ... citizens, misc. characters
The Suffering ... Hermes/Sergei
No One Lives Forever 2: A Spy in H.A.R.M.’s Way ... Bruno Lawrie
The Operative: No One Lives Forever ... Bruno Lawrie
Police Quest: SWAT 2 ... Tammany
Total Annihilation ... Narrator
Betrayal in Antara ... Tyre/Enkudi/Mackey
DOTA 2 ... Storm Spirit, Pudge, others


Clawed, dir. by Karl Kozak ... Mayor Potts
A Relative Thing, dir. by Garrett Bennett ... The Lawyer
Trust Me, dir. by Jeff Probst ... The Cook


Two and a half decades of theater has meant many, many productions. Mr. Lowrie has performed in plays of  Wm. Shakespeare, G.B. Shaw, Noel Coward, Arthur Miller, Edward Albee, Neil Simon, Tom Stoppard, Alan Ayckbourn, Don DeLillo and many others as well as many musicals, including the original productions of Das Barbecü, Play It By Heart, Stunt Girl and The Gypsy King.

The Musician and Composer

Lowrie was a professional guitarist and composer for many years forming and leading the acoustic/fusion duo, The Kiethe Lowrie Duet, from 1977 to 1984. A sampling of his compositions:

Old Money, a musical, 1996 (with Frank Simcoe)
Conversations With Piltdown Man for chamber orchestra and soprano, 1988
In a Strange Land for large orchestra, 1987
Beta Lyrae for chorus, trombone, and percussion, 1985
String Quartet, 1985
Suite for Guitar, 1985
Adrenaline Shock, electronic tape, 1984
The View From Phobos, electronic tape, 1984
Music for Double Bass and Percussion, 1983
Aldebaran, electronic tape, 1983
Six Three-part Inventions, for piano, 1982
Brass Quintet, 1975

Music for duo and solo guitar:

Balance, 1984
Uptown, 1981
Cold Front, 1981
Donut, 1981
The Accession of Queen Anne, 1980
Aquamarine, 1980
Bridge, 1980
Firetime, 1979
For Ramona, 1979
Privileged Situation, 1978
Snow Queen, 1977
The Great Train Robbery, 1977
Equinox, 1977
Sweet Michelobe, 1976