John’s work for the Abbey Theatre includes lighting designs for Kicking a Dead Horse, The Drawer Boy and The Doctor’s Dilemma. Set, lighting and video design for Hamlet and set and lighting for Shape of Metal (co-designed with Alan Farquharson). Other theatre credits include set, lighting and video design for Phaedra and Sodome, My Love (Rough Magic), lighting design for L’Orfeo (Opera Theatre Company), Dodgems (CoisCéim Dance Theatre), Set and lighting for Mermaids, Hanging on by a Thread (CoisCéim Dance Theatre), A Particle of Dread (Field Day Theatre Company) and Copenhagen , Winner Irish Times Theatre Award for Best Design 2002. (Rough Magic Theatre Company).
Film and television director credits include the dance film Hit and Run and the documentaries Behind the Walls, The Wren’s Day and The Berlin of Agnes Bernelle. Filmed concerts include Celtic Woman, Brian Kennedy, Liam Lawton, Ronan Tynan (PBS television), Tammy Wynette and Johnny Cash (RTÉ) and The Eurovision Song Contest 1995. He was a television director for RTÉ for where credits included Nighthawks, Today Tonight, The Blackbird and the Bell and special events. John was curator and designer of the Irish participation at the Prague Quadrennial Exhibition of world theatre design 2007.