Internationally recognized for his work that often challenges convention, stunning visual poetry, and language in space, playwright and director Anton Juan is a Professor Emeritus and Theatre director at the University of Notre Dame. 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 at the Departments of Speech Communication and Theatre Arts, English and Comparative Literature, and European Languages. He was also the Fellow for Drama at the Creative Writing Center of UP.  

Thematic Interests

Language in space and theatre towards social justice/semiotics and theatre; use of traditional theatre in contemporized physical expressions/theatre as critique of society and cultural schisms/arts across the curricula

Current Research

"Migrant Stories from the Point of View of Migrant Children: The Return Cycle"; "Public Education and Culture: Arts across the Curriculum for Understanding Culture and Cultural Diversity"; "Comfort Women and Sex Slaves (The Fall of the Emperor God)"

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Other Accomplishments & Recognitions
  • Luksic Family Collaboration Grant (2017-18): "Devised Theater"
  • Reinhold Niebuhr Award (2023): given annually to a faculty member or administrator whose body of academic work and life promote or exemplify the area of social justice in modern life.