Welcome to the website for John Britton
On this website you’ll find information about me, Self-With-Others, my work, the books I’ve published and about some of my artistic projects.
Please look around and drop me a message if you’ve any questions.
First – a brief introduction
I was born in North Wales (UK) in 1964. I graduated from Hull University with a degree in English Literature. I followed that with a Masters Degree in Theatre at Leeds University.
I worked for three decades as a performer, story-teller, teacher, director, writer, researcher, academic and community artist living in the UK, Australia then back in the UK. I worked for a while at Monash University (Melbourne) and as Senior Lecturer in Performance at Huddersfield University. While there I set up and ran an innovative MA based on my way of training performers (Self-With-Others).
In 2010 I established DUENDE – an international ensemble performance company. In 2015 DUENDE’s work expanded to include The DUENDE School of Ensemble Physical Theatre – an initiative to train performers internationally.
Between 2010-20 I worked extensively round the world: teaching, directing, performing, lecturing – including engagements in Seattle, Bogota, Melbourne, Mexico City, Berlin, Hangzhou, Kuala Lumpur, Mumbai, Delhi, Athens, Stockholm, Bangalore, Kolkata and elsewhere.
The training process I so widely shared was Self-With-Others – a way of understanding how to train performers to be excellent within ensemble.
I began to be increasingly interested in how Self-With-Others could empower people working in corporate, community and educational settings. I ran non-performance workshops in Malaysia and China, before Covid and personal ill-health temporarily brought the world to a halt.
I left DUENDE in 2020 and now focus on researching and sharing Self-With-Others as widely as I can, as well as offering individual training, coaching and mentorship.
In 2021 I moved to rural Ireland from where I now develop Self-With-Others, coach, mentor and train people and sometimes contribute to creative projects as writer, voice artist, consultant and collaborator.
I’ve published five books and regularly write thought-leadership pieces on a variety of topics connected with Self-With-Others. I do quite a lot of podcasts too.
Self-With-Others is based on the understanding that we’re all interconnected. Through exploring connection, we unblock and grow. Connections are internal (between mind, body, health, diet, stress-levels, emotions, personal history etc.) and external (with other people, with non-human life, with landscape, with literature and culture). We thrive when we nurture and respect Self, Others and the ways we all connect.
I share this work across business, community, health, personal development, performance and other contexts – through speaking, writing, coaching, consulting and teaching.
I’d love to share it with you.
I also paint, photograph write, compose music and do a lot of walking by the sea.