JOHN BRITTON

Empowerment. Creativity. Connection.

‘You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have’

Maya Angelou

‘Your true home is in the here and the now’

Thich Nhat Hanh


Thank you for dropping by.

On this website you’ll find information about Self-With-Others, how it applies across a number of different fields of work, about the books I’ve published and about some of my artistic projects.

Feel free to look around and drop me a message if you’ve any questions.

First – may I introduce myself…

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.

In 2010 I set up 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 created and so widely shared was called 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. This inquiry began in Malaysia and China before Covid and personal ill-health temporarily brought the world to a halt.

I left DUENDE in 2020 to focus on researching and sharing Self-With-Others and offering individual training, coaching and mentorship.

In 2021 I moved to rural Ireland from where I now coach, mentor and train people as well as 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.

Self-With-Others is based on the understanding that we’re all interconnected we are ensemble). 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 both Self and Others.

I now offer 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 paint, photograph write, compose music and do a lot of walking by the sea.

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