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Alexandra Mackenzie Johns

Assistant Professor
Theatre Arts Studies, TMA

131 WCO
Provo, UT 84043



Alexandra has taught theatre practice and theory to emerging theatre makers from all over the globe, working at renowned international institutions in India, East Africa, Europe, the Middle East as well as at home in the British Isles. She has a special interest in the nexus between theory and practice, and how they can drive one another forward, favouring practice-as-research methodologies in her pedagogy. Having worked extensively on large scale productions that tell a peoples sacred story, including as Artistic Director for The Nauvoo Pageant & The British Pageant, and as lead writer of the latter, she is invested in theatre as a revelatory expression - revealing communities both to themselves, and others, more fully. She has a strong background in theatrical devising with a special interest in verbatim theatre and new play development and playwriting. Alexandra and her husband Peter are parents to four wonderful children, Isaac, Sariah, Alexander & Leonora, and as a family they love to adventure outdoors together.

Research & Teaching Interests:

Religious theatre; site-specific performances; verbatim theatre practices; practice-as-research; transcultural performance


  • PhD, Theatre Studies, The University of Exeter (2020)
  • MA, Theatre History & Criticism, Brigham Young University (2006)
  • BA, English Literature & Theatre Studies, The University of Warwick (2001) 

Research Interests

Site-specific theatre
Religious theatre
Transcultural performance
Representation of women of faith on stage
Refugee & theatre nexus

Teaching Interests

Devised Theatre
Verbatim Theatre
C20th Theatre theory


  • PhD, Doctorate of Philosophy in Theatre , University of Exeter (2020)
  • Graduate Teacher Training Program, Graduate Teacher Training Program , University of London (Institute of Education) (2009)
  • Master of Arts, Master of Arts in Theatre History & Criticism , Brigham Young University (2006)
  • Bachelor of Arts (Hons), English Literature & Theatre Studies , University of Warwick (2001)
  • International Baccalaureate, International Baccalaureate , UWC Atlantic College (1997)

Licenses and Certifications

  • Thinking Collaborative - , Cognitive Coach (2021 - Present)


  • American Society Theatre Research ( (2023 - Present)

Courses Taught


Alexandra Chantal Yvette Mackenzie