Theatre Department Professor
John is a Professor in the Department of Theatre at Columbia College Chicago. He was born and educated in the United Kingdom, where he earned his Ph.D. in theatre from the University of Plymouth. He specializes in teaching stage directing and is a passionate advocate of interdisciplinary and intercultural performance.
Prior to joining Columbia College in June 2009, Green was Chair of Theatre at Butler University in Indianapolis, a position he held from 1998 until spring 2009. Under his leadership the department received numerous local and national awards for cultural vision, community leadership, teaching excellence and artistic merit. In 2002 Green created the Butler International Theatre Project (BITE), an annual summer program devoted to exploring international theatre in collaboration with leading theatre practitioners from around the world.
As a professional stage director, Green has many productions to his credit. His work has been staged at the Edinburgh International Festival, and theatre festivals in England, Ireland, Wales, France, Germany, Slovenia, Russia and Australia. He staged the Midwest premiere of The Photographer by composer Philip Glass, and his production of five short plays by Samuel Beckett was a finalist at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, for which he received an outstanding director award. Green has been a regular director for the Indiana Repertory Theatre for whom he has created critically acclaimed productions of The Taming of the Shrew, Julius Caesar, Cyrano de Bergerac, A Turn of The Screw, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Underneath the Lintel, and Crime and Punishment.