Judith Johnson

Fixed Term Teacher
Department of Literature Film and Theatre Studies (LiFTS)
Postgraduate Research Student
Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies
 Judith Johnson



I am undertaking my PhD studies in the Department of Literature Film and Theatre Studies, and I am also a Graduate Teaching Assistant in the Department. As a playwright, my work has been produced at the Royal Court, National and Arcola theatres, amongst others. Much of my work has been in applied theatre and I have also written for radio, TV and film. I have taught at all levels and was a Royal Literary Fund Writing Fellow at the University of Greenwich/UEL (2007-2016). My play 'Dont Smile' (written for Theatre of Debate in partnership with Leeds University School of Dentistry and School of Performance and Cultural Industries) won a Public Engagement with Research Award, 2016.

Research and professional activities


'New Landscapes, New Eyes: A playwrights journey into theatres of learning-disability.'

My thesis explores the following questions: What are the issues inherent in a non-learning-disabled playwright writing ‘for’ and ‘with’ and aiming to ‘represent’ a group of practitioners/participants with learning-disabilities? How might these issues be addressed or explored? The issues raised will be examined via the writing of a new script for Razed Roof, an inclusive theatre company for people with learning-disabilities. The play, 'Trisomy 21,' focuses on Down’s Syndrome. I am also exploring

Supervisor: Dr. Elizabeth Kuti , Annecy Lax , Dr. Mary Mazzilli

Research interests

Theatre featuring participants and practitioners with learning disabilities

Widening Participation and Public Engagement

Applied Theatre



Colchester Campus