John Madden Towey studied acting and directing at the Goodman in Chicago.
Towey was born in Rochester, Minnesota, to Helen Madden and Robert F. Towey, an undertaker in business with his brother Richard L. Towey.
He received Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in directing in 1967.
Acted two seasons at the Arena Stage in Washington District of Columbia (1977-1978 and 1981). Acted two seasons at the Guthrie in Minneapolis (1984–1986) and two seasons at The Public Theater in New York 1987-1989, before moving to Los Angeles in 1990. A classically trained pianist, John has performed over 100 programs since 2001 at grade schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District.
The program is an introduction to classical music entitled, Piano Masters.
He also gives piano concerts at retirement homes throughout Southern California. Towey"s father was the son of John H. Towey, who started the funeral business in Stewartville, Minnesota in the beginning of the 20th century.
Towey served in the Army during the Vietnam War and was stationed for a time in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Prior to entering the Army he attended Saint John"s University in Collegeville, Minnesota and subsequently moved to Chicago to attend the Goodman.