John Keefe (MA, University of Leeds) is Continuing Lecturer in Theatre Studies at the BISC; Senior Lecturer, Undergraduate Centre, London Metropolitan University; and Visiting Lecturer in Art & Design History (Theatre and Film), Kingston University, London.
John has been an academic, theatre director, performance dramaturge and consultant since 1979, teaching and making theatre across the UK and other parts of Europe. For 8 years he was co-founder and co-director of Mandala Theatre Projects, creating community festival theatre pieces. He specialises in Physical & Total Theatres, Mask Theatres, Theatre and Film Dramaturgy, Greek Theatre, and the work of Brecht and Beckett. He is a consultant for the Palatine 'PRISM' project
Acting class at the Castle -
Quatro Folly (4 Beckett Pieces). Spring 2004
As performance dramaturge, John has worked with companies such as Tara Arts, Trestle Mask Theatre (UK), Theater Die Raben (Berlin) as well as a consultant on a number of conferences, symposia and theatre projects. He is a founder member of the Dramaturges Network.
His productions include The Salzburg Dance of Death (Brecht), Les Enfants Terribles (Cocteau), Tis' Pity She's a Whore (Ford), The Revengers Tragedy (Tourneur), A Midsummer Night's Dream (Shakespeare), Rockaby (Beckett), The War Plays (Bond), Ubu Enchained (Jarry), The Marat-Sade (Weiss). Productions with the ISC students include The Dining Room (Gurney), Fanshen (Hare), Play (Beckett), The Lesson (Ionesco), Quatro Folly (4 pieces by Beckett), Cinderella (devised piece), The Trojan Women (Euripides), The Lottery (Jackson), Red, Black and Ignorant (Bond).
Physical Theatres: A Critical Introduction and Physical Theatres: A Critical Reader, (a co-written and co-edited 2-volume project) was published by Routledge in 2007. Other writings include Moving into Performance (MAG Publications), Looking with Knowledge (EMF Journal), Totality and Chimaera (Total Theatre Journal), Play Beckett (Dramaturges Network) plus further articles and reviews. Most recent conference papers have been given in Frankfurt, London and Frederikstad (Norway), with papers to be given in London ('the psycho-geographies of Berkoff's theatre') and Kaunas, Lithuania ('histories, theatres and the recycling of memories') in 2009.
John has been at the ISC since 2002 and teaches courses on principles of theatre history-theory-practice-dramaturgy, sites & spaces of theatre, and principles of acting. He has been involved in both the INTER2005 and INTER 2009 conferences on international education at the ISC