John Mossman is co-founder of The Artistic Home, where he recently directed the hit production of By the Bog of Cats. He also adapted and directed the world premiere of Paddy Chayefsky's Oscar nominated screenplay The Goddess for which he received an equity Jeff Award for New Adaptation, as well as directed the Jeff Nominated Juno and the Paycock, Look Homeward Angel, Marisol, and the acclaimed revival of William Inge's Natural Affection. Other productions include Landscape of the Body, the revival of Clifford Odet's Clash by Night, as well as Beth Henley's The Miss Firecracker Contest and Riders to the Sea by J.M. Synge. He directed The Shadow Of A Gunman for Seanachai Theater, for which he was named one of the top Directors of 2011 by WBEZ, and Julius Caesar for Lakeside Shakespeare Theater. Also a filmmaker, he directed the award winning feature film Into The Wake and has written and directed several short films that have won top awards at numerous international film festivals, including the Artistic Home-produced Spaceman Dan's 243rd Flight. He directed the short films Draggage and Jell-Ohh Lady, featured in the American Cinematheque Series at LA's Egyptian Theater, for which he received the Best Director of 2002 award at the Midwest Independent Film Fest. Documentaries include There's No Such Thing As Crazy, which received a Telly and a Voice Award for its potrayal of teenagers struggling with mental illness.
As an actor, he most recently appeared as Leontes in The Winters Tale and O'Trigger in The Rivals at Lakeside Shakespeare Theatre. He has appeared in the Artistic Home production of Macbeth, Shannon in Night of the Iguana, as Atticus Finch at Oak Park Festival Theatre's To Kill A Mockingbird, in the Steppenwolf production of The March, at Seanachai Ensemble's In Pigeon House, and in the title role at Provision Theater's Jacob, as well as The Artistic Home productions of Trouble In Mind, The Skin Of Our Teeth, in the title role of Modigliani, and as Macbeth at Lakeside Shakespeare Theater. He also appeared in The Artistic Home's critically acclaimed productions of Peer Gynt in the role of Peer, for which he received an equity Jeff Nomination and a Chicago Stage Talk Award, as well as in Arthur Miller's After the Fall in the role of Quentin. Other notable roles include Chicken in Kingdom of Earth, the title role in Tom Jones, Valentine in Two Gentlemen of Verona, Dickon in The Scarecrow, Claudio in Measure For Measure, Lanx in Angel City, Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet at Actors' Theater of Louisville, Honeyman in A Walk In The Woods at Madison Repertory, and Jim in A Glass Menagerie with Celeste Holm.
For the past 13 years has helmed the Summer Filmmaking Mentorship Program, a filmmaking collaboration with Chicago Public Schools and IFP Chicago, which has resulted in two consecutive national Emmy Awards. He has appeared on various television shows, and in Los Angeles performed and produced theater at the Pacific Resident Theater Ensemble, and taught and performed in Thailand and Dublin. He is the recipient of two Telly Awards, is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and is currently an instructor at The Artistic Home as well as in the Columbia College Film Department and the Harold Ramis Film School at Second City.
You can find more about John on his website, mossmanfilms.com