John Freeman

Dr, Adjunct Professor: University of Notre Dame Western Australia

  • University of Huddersfield Queensgate Huddersfield HD1 3DH

    United Kingdom

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John Freeman is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and the Higher Education Academy, Adjunct Professor in Theatre at the University of Notre Dame, Fremantle, Western Australian and Director of the arts and social inclusion organisation, MotorvateUK.

Freeman has taught at a range of universities including Brunel, Curtin, De Montfort, Falmouth and the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire; he has been Reader, Associate Professor and Professor, Head of Department, Subject Leader, Director of Research, Director of Honours programmes in Arts and Humanities, Deputy Head of School and Faculty Dean.

He has been published extensively in US, Australian and European journals, was the founding editor of Performance Practice and has written and edited six books: his seventh Approaches to Actor Training: International Perspectives will be published in 2019. His 2010 book Blood, Sweat & Theory: Research through practice in performance remains a best-selling title and is on the reading lists of universities worldwide; his 2007 book New Performance/New Writing was updated and substantially revised in 2016. He has contributed book chapters on subjects ranging from Jan Lauwers and Needcompany; Brecht and postmodernism; the stage personas of John Leguizamo; relationships between university training and study; the ethics of performance research; body art, autobiography and autoethnography; and issues of control and consent. He has articles currently in press for 2019 and conference presentations and public lectures pending; he will be chairing a panel on the particular demands of actor training in Australia as part of the 2019 International Festival in Perth.

John’s areas of research include immersive theatre; new writing; the epic and the intimate; solo performance; autoethnography, identity and memory; he is currently exploring a collaborative project with the School of Foreign Studies at Xi’An Jiaotong University in Shanghai. He is a member of the scientific board of the University of Bologna’s book series Antropologia, Teatro e Tradizioni Popolari; Performance Philosophy; the Athens Institute of Education and Research.;; and the International Association of University Theatre.

John regularly contributes to the international acting school at Theatre of Changes, Athens; The Sibiu International Theatre Festival; the Koufar Festival, Minsk; and International Association of University Theatre events. He is an experienced PhD supervisor, examiner and university consultant.


External positions

Adjunct Professor, The University of Notre Dame


Research Expertise and Interests

  • Autoethnography; contemporary performance; actor training; new performance writing; solo performance; theatre festivals; theatre and social justice; practice as research; immersive theatre; the documentation of practice.

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Research Output 2003 2019

Actor Training for a New Europe: Austerity, Innovation, Provocations & Possibility

Freeman, J., 6 Oct 2019, In : Parodos. 1, 2

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Actor Training

Approaches to Actor Training: International Perspectives

Freeman, J. (ed.), 22 Mar 2019, 1 ed. Basingstoke: Red Globe Press. 278 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

Actor Training

Problems & Provocatons around Performance, P-a-R & the PhD

Freeman, J., 19 Sep 2018, In : Antropologia e Teatro. 9, p. 1-23 23 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Internship and Residency

New Performance/New Writing

Freeman, J., 16 May 2016, 2nd ed. Palgrave Macmillan. 280 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

Theatre Studies

Remaking Memory: Autoethnography, Memoir and the Ethics of Self

Freeman, J., 15 Feb 2015, Faringdon: Libri. 252 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

University Research

Activities 1992 2019

Actor Training, Active Writing & the Struggle for Truth

John Freeman (Chair)
31 Aug 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipating in a conference, workshop, ...

Queering Blackpool: An Ethnographic Study

John Freeman (Examiner)
15 Feb 2019

Activity: Examination typesPhD Examination

Palgrave Macmillan (Publisher)

John Freeman (Editor)

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial work

Programme Development and Advisor for 'Drama and Performance'

John Freeman (Consultant)
1 Nov 2018

Activity: Consultancy typesConsultancy

MA Acting Dissertation - External Examiner

John Freeman (Examiner)
1 Aug 2018

Activity: Examination typesPhD Examination