Philip Johnston currently teaches in the dance and theatre departments at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Before leaving his native Belfast in 1978, where he danced for the Belfast Modern Dance Group under the direction of Helen Lewis, he had worked for the Lyric Players Theatre and the Belfast Arts Theatre.
Based in London, his career, in dance, took him to major dance festivals throughout the world. He is the recipient of many professional awards from the United Kingdom, United States and Norway, where he directed the Norwegian Modern Dance Theatre. Philip has presented papers at theatre and dance conferences in the United States. He is also a contributing writer for the Encyclopedia of Europe.