Teach Without Compromise

Any Artform.

Any Level.

Online or Offline.

Transform lives through Art - without apology, self-doubt or under-selling yourself.

Let's change the world.

There's no feeling like it!!!

Leaving a workshop knowing you've nailed it!

Seeing your students bursting with excitement!

Witnessing them grow in insight, confidence, skill and power - right in front of you!

Knowing you've lit a fire that'll burn for decades.

We do that.



It's an honour, a gift and a vocation.

There's no feeling like it.

There's also the down-side.

Feeling stuck.

Feeling you can't explain yourself.

Feeling like a fraud, an imposter.

Feeling undervalued.

Accepting being underpaid.




What if there were:

- clear processes to rely on?

- simple techniques to make sure you're always working at the highest level?

- unshakeable foundations to keep you confident and focused?

There are.

I want to share them with you.

I want you to leave workshops you teach feeling on top of the world.

The Why & How Approach

Most of us start by copying what we were once taught.

It’s a good place to start!

But it’s not enough.

If you want to be confident and in-demand, develop a unique offer. Find your personal voice. Find your WHY and HOW

WHY and HOW you teach, not WHAT, makes all the difference.

As the song says: ‘It’s not what you do, it’s the way that you do it’.

Your WHY and HOW are the groupnd you stand on. Make it strong enough, and you'll never feel unconfident again.

A Step-by Step Guide

‘How To Teach Performance' is accessible and concise. I've written it for people like us - Artists who teach (or want to teach).

It’s an essential tool for workshop leaders and directors/facilitators of creative processes.

Whether you’re just starting out, or want to dig deeper, I share three decades of experience in this clear, direct and systematic book .

In 'How To Teach Performance' you'll learn:

  • The 5 Key Questions to start from.
  • The Main Job of any Artist-Teacher.
  • ‘The Why & How Approach’.
  • Why you should start from the end.
  • How to set up your space.
  • The 3 Pedagogies that should always be present in an exercise.
  • The importance of Flow Theory and how to use what it teaches us.
  • The 5 (or 6) steps of The Learning Journey and how to guide your students through it.
  • The differences (and similarites) between online and offline teaching.
  • When a performance is not a performance.
  • Three types and three modes of feedback (and why it is so important to get it right).
  • The importance of being present and how to make your students present with you.
  • The crucial importance of self-care.

I'm writing from LONG experience

For thirty years, I’ve taught and made shows across Europe, Asia and America in dance, theatre, physical performance, circus, improvisation and transdisciplinary & intercultural work.

I’ve published two previous books.

I’ve trained people in corporate and community settings.

I've even designed and run a Masters degree.

The language I use changes from group to group.

The exercises I use change too.

My WHY and HOW do not change.

My WHY and HOW are the ground I stand on.

That’s why ‘How To Teach Performance’ is based on ‘The Why and How Approach’.

That's why 'How To Teach Performance' works for any art-form and any level, because I've pretty much taught at all of them.

Now is the time!

There’s never been a more important time to Teach Performance.

Communities, children, workplaces and fellow professionals need the deep creative and healing power Artist-Teachers share.

So go out and teach.

Teach excellently.

Because what we do matters.

What people say about

Teach Performance

‘I immediately found the knowledge you shared changed how I taught and understood my own work’

(Clown Teacher - Manchester)

‘What I love about John's work is that it is based in really deep research’

(Circus Performer/Teacher - Greece)

‘It gave me a new perspective on the entire concept of how theatre can be shared with pupils.’ Community Activist – Delhi, India

I found a solid framework to answer the questions that arose through the programme.’

Dance Artist – Bangalore, India

I've been teaching, directing, performing, writing and researching for thirty years. I started from working as a performer in Physical Theatre, but over time my work grew to embrace theatre, dance, circus, and other body-based disciplines, with a particular focus on ensemble, physical theatre, improvisation, psychophysicality and presence.

I've worked in almost every area of professional, institutional and community teaching across Europe, the Americas, India, China, Australia and online. I'm the author of three books and for several years ran a practice-based MA at a UK University.

I've taught extensively in institutions such as India’s National School of Drama, The National Institue of Circus Arts in Australia, Universidad Pontificada in Colombia, the Balletakademien in Sweden, The University of Western Macedonia in Greece, Hangzhou Normal University in China, The National Autonomous University of Mexico and many others.


The Book

On completing your purchase you will be directed to a thank you page where there is a link to download your e-book.

It will also be sent to you by email.

The file can be read in a PDF reader or opened using Kindle or any other e-book reader.

The Price

The E-Book of 'How To Teach Performance' costs £7.99.

A physical copy of the book is available (for people like me who love 'real' books). It costs an additional £8.25 to cover printing, postage & packing.

The Promise

If you don't think 'How To Teach Performance' serves your needs, tell me. I'll refund the purchase price in full. I want to serve the community of Artist-Teachers - people like you and me - and if you don't think what I offer is right for you, I don't want your money!