writer - actor - director

I am a playwright, performer & director and currently in residence as Theatre Artist at Cork Opera House and University College Cork.

2020: Currently working on new practice with the support of a Theatre Bursary grant from the Arts Council and researching a new project with Cork City Council funding and the support of the Everyman.

I recently appeared in Blackwater Babble (Brokencrow), This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing (Graffiti Theatre), The Big Chapel X (Asylum, Kilkenny Arts Festival), Evening Train (Everyman and Rosa Productions), The Lonesome West (Everyman) --- nominated Best Supporting Actor at the Irish Theatre Awards --- Bluetooth (Everyman) and in The School (RTE, 2017).

I've been a recipient of an Arts Council Theatre Bursary for play-writing, a mentor on the Young Playwrights Programme with Fighting Words Cork, and creator of Hammergrin's In Darkness Vast. I wrote Stage Irish, which won the Writers Guild of Great Britain Playwrights Progress Award 2014 and co-wrote Hollander, nominated Best Production at the Irish Theatre Awards.

Recent directing includes In One Eye, Out the Other (Cccahoots, Dublin Fringe Festival and First Fortnight Festival), WHALE (Cork Opera House, Midsummer Festival), Learning How to Leave the World (UCC MA show 2019) and Don't Smile Til Christmas (Activate 2018).


what I'm up to


CITY Project

June 2020

Researching and writing a new project with Cork City Council support and with the support of the Everyman.

Cork Opera House and UCC Theatre artist in residence 2019/20

2019 & 2020

Developing WHALE with theatre, dance and music artists through late 2019 and 2020

Bursary research

Arts Council funded

Researching new practice with wonderful practitioners. More on this soon!


©2020 John McCarthy