Dr Daniel Johnston

BA Macquarie University, BA (Honours) Sydney, MA/BA Cambridge, PhD Sydney
Lecturer

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Biographical details

Daniel Johnston is a Lecturer at the Department of Performance Studies, The University of Sydney and Associate Lecturer at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA), Sydney. He holds a PhD in Performance Studies from the University of Sydney and an MA in Philosophy from the University of Cambridge.

Research interests

  • Phenomenology and performance
  • Corporate performance
  • Intercultural performance / diversity in tertiary education
  • Performance analysis

Current projects

Acting Through Phenomenology: Consciousness as Being-in-the-World. This project contemplates the use of philosophical phenomenology in acting and performance-making; philosophy as a resource for artistic creation. Elsewhere I have considered how various approaches to acting could be understood as constituting ‘practical phenomenology’ but might the equation work the other way? How might one use Martin Heidegger’s Being and Time (Sein und Zeit), for instance, in order to approach a role?

Selected publications

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Journals

  • Johnston, D. (2011). Stanislavskian Acting as Phenomenology in Practice. Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism, Fall (1), 65-84.
  • Johnston, D. (2011). Theatre-Making as Aletheia: Rehearsal and the Production of Truth. Theatre Research International, 36(3), 213-227. [More Information]
  • Fitzpatrick, T., Johnston, D. (2009). Spaces, doors and places in early modern English staging. Theatre Notebook: a journal of the history and technique of the British theatre, 63(1), 2-19.
  • Johnston, D. (2004). Manual Metaphysics: Philosophy And Theatre. Philament, August e-journal(4), E.

Conferences

  • Johnston, D. (2010). Phenomenology, Time and Performance. time.transcendence.performance, VIC: Monash University.
  • Johnston, D. (2008). Overcoming the metaphysics of consciousness: Being/Artaud. 2006 Conference of the Australasian Association for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies, Sydney: University of Sydney.

2011

  • Johnston, D. (2011). Stanislavskian Acting as Phenomenology in Practice. Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism, Fall (1), 65-84.
  • Johnston, D. (2011). Theatre-Making as Aletheia: Rehearsal and the Production of Truth. Theatre Research International, 36(3), 213-227. [More Information]

2010

  • Johnston, D. (2010). Phenomenology, Time and Performance. time.transcendence.performance, VIC: Monash University.

2009

  • Fitzpatrick, T., Johnston, D. (2009). Spaces, doors and places in early modern English staging. Theatre Notebook: a journal of the history and technique of the British theatre, 63(1), 2-19.

2008

  • Johnston, D. (2008). Overcoming the metaphysics of consciousness: Being/Artaud. 2006 Conference of the Australasian Association for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies, Sydney: University of Sydney.

2004

  • Johnston, D. (2004). Manual Metaphysics: Philosophy And Theatre. Philament, August e-journal(4), E.

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