He studied acting with Mike Nichols, Paul Sills and George Morrison at the New Actors Workshop in Manhattan. He appeared in the film The War Within and wrote, directed and acted in the movie Sex and Violence.
He won the Audience Award/Best Directorial Debut at the Festival.
John has worked with Paul Sills, Dianne Paulus (The Donkey Show) and with director Shira Piven (Piven Theatre, Chicago; and Water, New York). He has also been a member of a several grass-roots theater companies performing original work including Sills and Company and Blue Circle Theater (also with Ms. Paulus and Mr. Sills).
Zibell originated the role of Jimmy Patraglia in Joe Roland's off-Broadway play Line.
In Fall 2010 he worked as assistant to performance artist Pena on the UC Davis production of Gomez Pena's Ilicito.
He is currently the second-year MFA directing candidate in dance at UC Davis.