John is an actor, writer and film maker.
For the screen, he’s written and directed the short films Two Cats (Toronto Irish Film Festival), Daffney Molloy And Other Catastrophes (Chicago Irish Film Festival/RTÉ Shortscreen), Hot Water Bottle (Cork Film Festival), and Smitten (RTÉ Storyland). Other short film scripts include the award winning Swerve (Mycrofilms), Kathleen (Paradox Pictures) which won Best Screenplay at the Waterford Film Festival in 2016 and Seanie and Flo (Deadpan Pictures) which won the Audience Award at the Chicago Irish Film Festival 2020.
He has written the TV series Dead Still for Deadpan Pictures/RTE/Acorn which stars Michael Smiley, Kerr Logan and Eileen O’Higgins. Other work in development includes a TV adaptation of his play The Roaring Banshees, co-written with Peter McGann for Deadpan Pictures, the feature screenplay The Kudome Valentine and the TV series Night Rocker, both with Blue Ink Films.
For the stage he has written the plays Taboo (White Label), War Of Attrition, Scratcher, Smitten and Heart Shaped Vinyl (Devious Theatre). Also for Devious Theatre, he co-wrote The Hellfire Squad and The Roaring Banshees with Peter McGann. He recently wrote the adaptation of Thomas Kilroy’s novel The Big Chapel (Asylum/Abbey Theatre/Kilkenny Arts Festival) which (Best Production Nominee, Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards 2020)
Other writing for theatre includes part of Home Theatre Ireland (Dublin Theatre Festival), the community theatre project Bridge Street Will Be (Asylum/Equinox) and the Irish stage premiere of Night Of The Living Dead. Work for children includes Don’t Shoot The Messenger, Grimm Fairytales and Andersen’s Fairytales.
Writing for radio includes 100 Everyday Menaces (RTÉ Drama On One, IMRO Award Winner 2018), the detective serial Vultures (KCLR/Devious Theatre) and an adaptation of The War Of The Worlds (KCLR/Devious Theatre, PPI Award Winner 2009).
John is a founding member of Devious Theatre and White Label. He is a graduate of DIT’s Conservatory Of Music and Drama.
John Morton is represented by Frances Arnold