Senior Professor of Directing and Playwriting/Theatre and Social Concerns
Artistic Director, New Playwright’s Workshop
Ph.D., University of Athens
Internationally recognized for his work that often challenges convention, playwright and director Anton Juan Is a Tenured Full Professor and Theatre director at the University of Notre Dame du Lac in the USA. He completed his Ph.D. in Semiotics at the Kapodistrian and Panhellenic University of Athens.
To honor his contributions to the arts, Juan has been knighted twice by the French government, receiving the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres in 1992 and the Chevalier de l’Ordre National de Merit in 2002.
He received the Alexander Onassis International Award for Theatre (Playwriting), and the Special Jury Prize for Screenplay from the CineManila International Film Festival.
Beyond his work at Notre Dame, Juan is also the founding Artistic Director of the Step of Angels Theatre in Athens, Greece and was the Director-General of Dulaang UP, University of the Philippines where he has taught for thirty-three years. Earlier known as the enfant-terrible of Philippine Theatre, Juan is now the mentor of many emergent directors, actors, and playwrights. His visually poetic and expressive physical style of theatre has certainly created an impact on his audiences and recent generations of artists of the Philippines as well as on artists and students in other countries he has taught.
His students have won awards for Playwriting, Acting, and Directing both nationally and internationally. Anton Juan was selected as one of the 100 Philippine Artists awarded the Philippine Centennial Honors for the Arts, who have contributed significantly to and made an impact on the evolution of Philippine culture. He has also received the Balagtas Award from the National Writers’ Union of the Philippines, and has won several Playwriting awards from the Carlos Palanca Literary Awards. Anton Juan has received Fellowships and Awards from prestigious institutions, among them the Rockefeller-Bellagio Foundation Fellowship for senior artists, the Fulbright Foundation, Hitachi Foundation of Japan, Jack Lang Scholarship in France, Asian Cultural Council in New York, the Association of French Artists and the Ministry of Culture of France, the Ministry of Education of Greece, and the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the British Council. Recently Juan received the Center for Social Concerns Award for social engagement with his Theatre and Social Concerns project with Juvenile Prison Residents. Juan is a board member of the International Playwrights’ Forum.
His recent work, The Winged Fragments of our Children resurrects the voices of abused children. His work Tuko! Tuko! The Princess of the Lizard Moon raises the memories of comfort women and murdered sex slaves meeting in the body of a Butoh actor.
His recent directions are Salome in Kabuki form, Marlowe’s Dr. Faustus treating him diachronically as the virtual man. His recent work, devised after Gambaro’s Information for Foreigners, has elicited raves for its powerful portrayal of the missing and tortured in global perpective, merging the carnivalesque and the macabre, memory and history.
His works have been seen and widely admired in the Philippines, in Asia, the USA, and Europe, not only as innovative, visually exciting, but also as merging inner space, movement, sound-sense, with the urgent cry for insularized, marginalized, and emergent cultures.