Anton Juan

Professor Emeritus


Performance, Writing

Research Interests

Creating theatre and film as social justice, semiotic process of creating theatre and film and analysis, documentary theatre, devised theatre and social justice, writing towards production as auteur, sound-sense and physical theatre


Internationally recognized for work that challenges convention, stunning visual poetry and language in space, playwright/director/filmmaker Anton Juan is Tenured Professor/Theatre director at University of Notre Dame du Lac, Department of Film, Television, and Theatre: Ph.D. in Semiotics from the Kapodistrian and Panhellenic University of Athens, highest mark of Arista; post-doctoral studies in Butoh (Kazuo Ohno Institute), and NOH (Kita School). To honor his contributions to the arts, the French Republique knighted Juan Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres and Chevalier de l’Ordre National de Merit.

Honors/Awards include: Alexander Onassis International Award for Theatre; Philippine Centennial Honors for the Arts, Cultural Centre of the Philippines, 100 Philippine Artists, 1898-1998, contributing significantly to and having impact on Philippine culture; Balagtas Award, National Writers’ Union of the Philippines for body of work; Carlos Palanca Literary Awards for Taong Grasa, Sakurahime, Death in the Form of a Rose; Senior Research Fellow, Rockefeller-Bellagio Foundation; Senior Research Fellow, Fulbright Foundation; Post-Graduate Fellow, Hitachi Foundation; Jack Lang Scholarship for Theatre, France; Research Fellow, Asian Cultural Council; Mission Speciale, Association of French Artists; Grantee, Ministry of Culture, France; Grantee, Ministry of Education, Greece; Grantee, Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Grantee, British Council; John Ganey Award for social engagement, Theatre and Social Concerns project with Juvenile Prison Residents and migrant workers; View into Asian Cinema, Busan International Film Festival 2016; Best Director/Best Film, Canada International Diversity Film Festival 2017; Best Dramatic Feature/Best Actress, Chandler International Film Festival 2017 for Woven Wings of Our Children (Hinabing Pakpak ng Ating mga Anak); International Jury, Bangkok International Documentary Film Festival, 2021.

Representative Publications, Performances, and Creative Works

From Page to Stage: Selected Filipino Plays, Ed. Likhaan Series. Institute of Creative Writing. University of the Philippines Press. 2000.

“Extasi de Dolor: Cristo en el teatro Filipino” – Collecion Teatro Siglo XXI. Serie Critica. Valencia. Spain. 2004.

Tuko!Tuko! Onassis Foundation. Athens, Greece. 1998.

“Deconstruction: Process vs. Product.” Philippine Humanities Review February, 1995.

Taong Grasa. Palanca Award-winning Plays. Palanca Awards Foundation Publications. 1994.