Originally from Co. Armagh in Northern Ireland, John McCann now lives in Dundee.
A short version of Spoiling (directed by Orla O'Loughlin) was staged in The Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh during the Write Here festival in October 2013. The Cleanroom (directed by Michael Duke) was staged by Tinderbox Theatre Company in Belfast as part of the True North project in 2010.
Other work includes The Next of It, read as part of Stellar Quines' Rehearsal Room 16 at the Traverse Theatre and also read at The Lyric Theatre Belfast. His short play Is Feidir Linn was given a staged reading in the Brian Friel Theatre at Queen's University Belfast by Tinderbox as part of the 2011 Pick 'N' Mix festival.
In 2010 John took part in the Playwrights Studio Scotland Mentoring Scheme. He was previously on attachment with The National Theatre Studio, a member of The Royal Court Studio Writers' Group and recently participated in the Breakthrough programme, a year-long development attachment with the National Theatre of Scotland. In 2013 he was selected to be one of The Traverse Theatre ‘Fifty'.
John is currently writing a new play, The Ballad of Comet McEntaggart, for Replay Theatre Company, Belfast.