John Farrell is a performer, writer, broadcaster currentl;y living in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn. He began his professional life at the age of 13 as a founding member of Brooklyn's legendary Everyman Company. (1968). He was to remain an active member of the company until 1976, serving as an actor's representative on their board from 1974 and appearing in highly praised productions of Midsummer Night's Dream at BAM's Leperq Space and Bruckner's Leonce and Lena at the Chelsea Space (also BAM) .
In 1972 he entered Columbia University on a full scholarship and served as Artistic Director of the Columbia Players for several years. During the '70s Farrell appeared in productions at diverse venues including AMDA, La Mama, Judson Poets and Theater for the New City. In 1974 (at the age of 19) he directed his own adaptation of The Trojan Women at 1 Front Street (making him something of a DUMBO pioneer) In 1981, John traveled to Dublin, Ireland to serve as AD for his mentor, Geraldine Fitzgerald's pre-Broadway run of Mass Appeal. He was to stay and work in Dublin for the next 20 odd years.
During his time in Ireland Farrell founded a theater company (Horizon), curated the first Dublin Fringe Festival for Michael Colgan, served on the boards of Project Arts Centre, ran the largest arts centre in Ireland (The Garter Lane in Waterford) and wasd a founding instructor at the Gaiety School. His professional accreditation included Irish Equity (Actors and Directors sections), Director's Guild of Great Britain and Ireland and the NUJ (Great Britain and Ireland)