Director Graduate Programjgreen@colum.edu
John is a Professor in the Department of Theatre at Columbia College Chicago, where he teaches Research as Performance in the graduate program: (MFA) in European Devised Performance Practice, and Stage Directing in the undergraduate theatre program. His publications include, Mnemodrama in Action: An Introduction to the Theatre of Alessandro Fersen (2019) and The Hunchback Variations (2015). He is currently editing a volume of essays on the City as Performance to be published in 2021.
As a professional theatre director John's productions have been staged in the United Kingdom at the Edinburgh International Festival, and at festivals in Ireland, France, Slovenia, Russia and Australia. In the United States he has been an associate artist at the Indiana Repretory Theatre, and at the International Voices Project in Chicago, where he has directed and produced stagings of new works by international playwrights in translation. For Columbia College Chicago he has directed stagings of works by Samuel Beckett, Caryl Churchill, Philip Glass, Angela Carter and Jean-Claude Carriere. He has received a number of "best director" awards including: The London Student Drama Festival, The National Student Drama Festival of Great Britain, and the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.
Guided Reading and Research in the MFA in European Devised Performance Practice. Stage Directing in the BFA/BA undergraduate programs in Directing.
Creative Practice and Research Interests
1. The work of the Italian director Alessandro Fersen and his experiments in Altered States of Consciousness in actor training and performance, which is the subject of my book 'Mnemodrama'. 2. Theatre and Ecology, with specific reference to the role of performance in the history of the preservation of the Dunes around Lake Michigan. 3. The late plays of Samuel Beckett.
B.Ed., Education and Drama University of London-Institute of Education 1973
M.A., Modern Drama Studies Polytechnic of North London 1982
Ph.D., Theatre University of Plymouth 1994