Lecturer

Division: Media, Communication and Performing Arts

Tel: 0131 474 0000

John Dean (BA (Hons) Acting) is a Lecturer in the Media, Communication and Performing Arts Division.

  • Overview
  • Research Interests
  • Research Publications
  • Teaching & Learning
  • Activities & Awards

John trained as an actor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama from 1991-94. He won a Fox Foundation bursary for further training with the Gardzienice Theatre Association, Poland, and a Prima del Teatro bursary to study with Nicolai Karpov (GITIS, Moscow).

He subsequently worked as an actor, director and teacher for many theatre and film companies, including the Royal Shakespeare Company, RNT Studio, Theatre Clwyd, Shakespeare’s Globe, and Nottingham Playhouse, collaborating with Sarah Kane at the Gate Theatre, London, Howard Brenton, and Silviu Purcarete, amongst others. From 1997-9 he helped run The Lab, a London-based theatre training organisation, and in 2002 he co-founded Organic Theatre with Bianca Mastrominico, a laboratory of theatre research whose vision is informed by a focus on the organicity of creative processes. Organic Theatre’s practice is centred on physical theatre, new writing, and multimedia crossovers. It was Company-in-Residence at the University of Plymouth from 2005-7, and has been shortlisted for the Total Theatre Award for Best Small-Scale Work at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

He has been working at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh since 2008, jobsharing a lectureship with Bianca Mastrominico. Previously John has worked as Teaching Fellow for Lancaster University, and as a visiting lecturer and workshop leader for University of Plymouth, University of Exeter, Roehampton University, Rose Bruford College, Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Accademia Nazionale, Rome, and Institut del Teatre, Barcelona.

Active Research Interests:

  • Research interests include: body in performance, mask and transformation, Third Theatre, theatre anthropology, and performance training.

At QMU, John lectures in contemporary performance, somatic and devising practices. He has an interest in technology enhanced learning, and mindfulness in learning & teaching. He is a member of the School Academic Board, and contributes to the ongoing development of the Drama & Performance, Theatre & Film and Acting for Stage & Screen degree courses.

Program Leader:

  • Programme Leader for BA (Hons) Theatre & Film, and Year Tutor for Drama and Performance Level 1.

Teaching:

  • Level 1 - T1156 Play and Performance (Module Coordinator), T1167 Introduction to Studying Drama & Performance,
  • Level 2 - T2173 Space, Performance & the Spectator, T2176 Practitioner Researchers (Module Coordinator),
  • Level 3 - T3199 Performance Project (Module Coordinator), CLP09114 Performance Skills 1, CLP09115 Performance Skills 2,
  • Level 4 - T4132 Honours Project, and T4156 Professional Practice & Development.

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2016)