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Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences

Dr. John H. Houchin

Associate Professor

Acting I
African American Theatre & Drama
American Popular Entertainment
Directing I & II

John received his MFA in Directing and Ph.D. in Performance History from New York University and has taught and directed in New York, Texas, Georgia and Massachusetts.

John’s directing resume is long and varied. In addition to many full-length productions, it includes ten-minute plays for the Boston Theatre Marathon, Playwrights Platform, and staged readings of several new plays in Boston. He has directed an array of comedies such as Tartuffe, Hotel Paradiso, Stage Door and We Won’t Pay, We Won’t Pay as well as experimental plays such as Our Country’s Good and On the Verge. Along with his wife, choreographer Pam Newton, he created Dreaming Shakespeare, a devised performance piece based on Shakespeare’s plays and sonnets.

This past season he directed Song from the Moon, a dance/performance piece, followed by The Trojan Women at BC. In 2014, he directed For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Was Enuf which played for six sold-out audiences. He staged Uncle Vanya by Anton Chekhov for the Classical Theatre Company in Houston, Texas in 2012. He has also directed The Arabian Nights (2113) and Doubt (2012), both for BC Theatre. This season at BC he is directing Kingdom City written by 16-17 Monan Professor, Sheri Wilner.  

John has published “Robert Macbeth, the New Lafayette Theatre and the Politics of art in the 1960’s” in the New England Theatre Journal. He is also the author of Theatrical Censorship in the United States in the Twentieth Century (Cambridge University Press, 2003) and editor of The Critical Response to Eugene O’Neill (Greenwood Press, 1993). He compiled “Black Broadway,” a database detailing the contributions of African Americans to Broadway theatre. His articles and complete resume are available at