John Ferraro was an American actor, academic, stage director and television director. His credits as a director included Sesame Street, as well as Broadway and off-Broadway plays. Ferraro received a bachelor's degree in fine arts from New York University. Ferraro worked as an associate director of the Broadway production of The Pirates of Penzance in the 1980s and directed Crazy He Calls Me in 1992. Ferraro's television direction credits included episodes of the PBS children's shows, Shining Time Station and Sesame Street. Ferraro joined the faculty of the USC School of Cinematic Arts in 2003. He died on December 7, 2010, of colon cancer at USC University Hospital in Los Angeles at the age of 64.