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Jon Foley Sherman

Visiting Assistant Professor of Theatre
Office: MEY

Professional Biography

Jon Foley Sherman is a teacher, scholar, performer, and director. His articles have been published by Performance Research, New Theatre Quarterly, and Theatre Topics, and his performance and book reviews appear in Theatre Journal and TDR: The Journal of Performance Studies. An award-winning actor and deviser, he has performed in Chicago, New York, Switzerland, and Washington, DC. A graduate of the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Theatre and Drama at Northwestern University, he was one of Jacques Lecoq’s last students at L’Ecole Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq and has studied theatre at Middlebury College and BADA.

Jon teaches in the fields of performance histories, performance theory, acting, movement, devising, and directing. He has taught at Beloit College and at most of the colleges and universities in the Chicago area, as well as in Vermont and Switzerland. In addition to teaching at the university level, he gives workshops to professional performers and is one of the only teachers in the United States that uses the original neutral mask.


  • B.A. Middlebury College
  • Diplôme, l’Ecole Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq
  • M.A. Northwestern University
  • Ph.D. Northwestern University

Research Interests

Phenomenology, Ethics, Actor Training, Performance Theory


Performance and Phenomenology, co-edited with Maaike Bleeker and Eirini Nedelkopoulou (under review with Routledge)

"The Horizon of Being" and "Introduction," in Performance and Phenomenology

"The Weave of Lecoq Pedagogy's Auto-cours: Gathering up Post-war Europe, Theatrical Tradition, and Student Uprising," with Maiya Murphy, in Collective Creation in Contemporary Performance (Palgrave 2013)

"Plural Intimacy and Micropublic Performances, "Performance Reserch 16.4, December 2011

“Steven Berkoff, Choral Unity, and Modes of Governance,”
New Theatre Quarterly 26.3, August 2010

“The Practice of Astonishment: Phenomenology, Devising, and Jacques Lecoq,”
Theatre Topics 20.2, September 2010

The Brightest Thing in the World: 3 Lectures from the Institute of Failure, book review, TDR: The Drama Review (forthcoming, T222)

Performing Presence: From the Live to the Mediated, Archaeologies of Presence: Art, Performance, and the Persistance of Being, book review essay, Theatre Journal (forthcoming, 2013)

Stage Presence, book review, TDR: The Drama Review, 53:3 (T203), Fall 2009

Les Éphémères, performance review,
Theatre Journal, 61.1, March 2009

Multi-Media, book review,
Theatre Journal, 60:4, December 2008 

Theatre of Movement and Gesture, book review,
TDR: The Drama Review, 52:2 (T198), Summer 2008



Performance Studies International, Palo Alto (2013)
"Doing Time with the Neo-Futurists," Shadowing the Present," "That One Time," Last Minute Paper"
Panel Convener, "Too Many Conference Papers Make the Baby Go Blind: When is Neo-Futurism?"

Comparative Drama Conference, Baltimore (2013)
"On Dying and Killing in Post-Independence Drama"

Association for Theatre in Higher Education Theory and Criticism Pre-Conference, Washington, DC (2012)
"Not Dead!"

American Society for Theatre Research, Montreal (2011)
"Centripetal Space, Possibility, and Virtuosity"

ASTR, Seattle (2010)
“Distance, Authority, Absolution: Rehearsing Insurrectionary Violence” 

PSi, Toronto (2010)
“Plural Intimacy in Micropublic Performances”

ATHE, Los Angeles (2010)
“The Mediation of Perception: Real Space, Imagined Place, and Fake Lake

ATHE, New York (2009)
“The Practice of Astonishment: Phenomenology,
Jacques Lecoq, and ‘A Pedagogy of Risk’”

Performing Presence: From the Live to the Simulated,
Exeter University (2009)
“Spaces of Presence”

PSi, Copenhagen (2008)
“Absent Touches: Space, Documentation, and Performance”

ASTR, Phoenix, AZ (2007)
“Falling Together: Steven Berkoff, Choral Unity,
and Modes of Governance”

Defining Space Conference, University College, Dublin (2007)
“Performing the Unseen: Space, Place, and
Imaginative Bodies on Stage”

Disciplining Interdisciplinarity Conference,
Columbus, OH (2007)
“Where We Disappear: Human Geography and 
the Performing Body”

Course Information

Offending the Audience
Staging Place
Acting 1
Acting 2: Realism
Acting 2: Presentational Acting
Acting 2: Devising New Work
Foundations of World Theatre
Senior Seminar
World Theatre II
Theatrical Media
Site-Responsive Theatre
Fundamentals of Acting
Staging War in the 20th Century
The Politics of Devised Performance
Script Analysis
Movement Intentionality for the Stage
Problems of Style: Bouffon
Presence in Western Postmodern Performance 
Neutral Mask
The Body and Theatrical Space
Text and Theatrical Space
The Chorus in Theatrical Space