In 2002, Dystin’s first play Black Other won the International Playwriting Festival Award. Paines Plough Theatre Company invited her to take part in the 2003 ‘Wild Lunch’ programme, where she wrote Jubilee Gardens which was presented at the Young Vic Theatre. She was commissioned by Eclipse Theatre to write 3 Tales of Courage for the Nottingham Playhouse in 2004 and then Acts of Love based on Chekhov’s ‘Three Sisters’, for Birmingham Rep in 2006, both of which toured regionally culminating in London runs. In 2004 following an attachment to the NT Studio, she produced The Project, a play exploring issues of identity and our choices within them. In 2006 she was chosen as one of ‘The 50’, a BBC/Royal Court initiative promoting the country’s best emerging writers. Her latest play Jump, inspired by the Occupy movement, was shortlisted for the Alfred Fagon Award.
Current projects include the creation of two series for television; Mental about a group of young people living in Croydon, coping with life and mental health issues, and Tapestry which examines women in later life, who find themselves alone, together. Mental was shortlisted for the Red Planet Prize.
In youth drama, she has written for Hollyoaks and a number of episodes of CBBC’s Tracy Beaker Returns. Along with Nicole Davis she co-wrote seven episodes of Get Well Soon (Kindle Entertainment/CBeebies).
Dystin has been a working actress for twenty years, highlights for her include; The David Glass Ensemble, Channel Four’s Shameless and Cbeebies Storymakers.
Dystin Johnson is represented by Frances Arnold