John is a recent Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellow in Dramatic Writing and New Repertory Theatre Playwriting Fellow.
His plays have been presented in New York by Circle Rep, Urban Stages, Hey Jonte!, and Shelter West. He has had new plays developed and workshopped at the New Repertory Theatre, the New American Playwrights Project, Portland Stage Company, Great Plains Theatre Conference, Actors' Repertory Theatre of Vermont, Dayton Playhouse, and the Orlando Shakespeare Theater, selected four times for the Samuel French Off-Off-Broadway Festival, for Orange Tea Theatre (Amsterdam), SoBe Arts, IMPACT 15 International Theatre Festival, BARE Essentials and Best of BARE Essentials (London), the Boston Theater Marathon, Short + Sweet (Dubai, Los Angeles, Sydney, Delhi, and Queensland), the Snowdance Comedy Festival, Pick of the Vine, Seoul Players (South Korea), and Boston Play Café.
He is a 2020 winner of the New American Voices Festival, a 2019 winner of the Clauder Competition for new plays, a finalist for the 2018 O'Neill National Playwrights Conference, and a finalist for the 2014 Heideman Award from the Actors Theatre of Louisville. His full-length comedy Noir Hamlet, most recently seen at the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, was named a Best of Boston Theater for 2018 and a 2019 nominee for the Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding New Script.
His short plays have won the KNOCK International Short Play Competition, the 8-Minute Madness Festival in New York City, the Rover Dramawerks Competition, the Longwood 0-60 Contest, and been selected for City Theatre Miami’s Summer Shorts and Little Fish Pick-of-the-Vine. He was also a winner of the 2014 Nantucket One-Act Play Contest, the 2015 Nor'Eastern Playwrights Contest, the 2015 Seoul Players' Short Play Festival and the Firehouse Center for the Arts New Works Festival in 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016, and 2019.
John's work is also published by Applause (Best American Short Plays 2015-2016 and Go Out and Play), Smith & Kraus (Best 10-Minute Plays of of 2021, Best 10-Minute Plays of 2016, and Five-Minute Plays for Performance and Study), True Acting Institute (Best Women's Monologues 2019), YOUTHPlays (Rising Sophomore), and New World Theatre (It's Academic and A Solitary Voice).
Two plays John devised with high school students were overall winners of the 110+ school Massachusetts Educational Theater Guild Festival. He is currently on the faculty of Emerson College and the Hanover Conservatory for the Performing Arts.
John lives in the Boston area with his wife, the dance scholar, teacher, and choreographer Lynn E. Frederiksen.
He is a Dramatists Guild Ambassador for Eastern New England.