Dr Daniel Johnston

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

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Biographical details

Daniel Johnston has been a Lecturer at the Department of Performance Studies, The University of Sydney. Previously, he was an Associate Lecturer at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA). He has also convened Cultural Studies and Drama units at Maquarie University. He holds a PhD in Performance Studies from the University of Sydney and a MA (Cantab) in Philosophy from the University of Cambridge.

Research interests

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

Current projects

Phenomenology for Actors: Manual Philosophy. 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?

Corporate Performance. This project looks at the interections between theatre and business, extending Jon McKenzie's provocations in Perform or Else. The research looks at corporate presentation training, corporate work spaces, product launches, and the performativity of corporate communications.

Awards and honours

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Teaching Award, 2013.

In 2010, Daniel produced an applied theatre project with international students at Macquarie Universtiy called In Your Own Words which is the topic of a forthcoming book chapter:


Selected publications

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Book Chapters

  • Johnston, D. (2014). Making Space for International Students (in press). Embodying Transformation. Melbourne: Monash University Press.

Journals

  • Johnston, D. (2014). Corporate Space, Performance and Selfhood: Googleplex Sydney. Liminalities, 10(2), 1-18.
  • Johnston, D. (2014). Inside the Theatre of Business: Performance and Corporate Presentation Training. Journal of Business Anthropology, Spring(Case Study #6), 1-22.
  • 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.

2014

  • Johnston, D. (2014). Corporate Space, Performance and Selfhood: Googleplex Sydney. Liminalities, 10(2), 1-18.
  • Johnston, D. (2014). Inside the Theatre of Business: Performance and Corporate Presentation Training. Journal of Business Anthropology, Spring(Case Study #6), 1-22.
  • Johnston, D. (2014). Making Space for International Students (in press). Embodying Transformation. Melbourne: Monash University Press.

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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