Are Theatre Artists Hardwired?

From 2011 to 2014, while working at Johnson O’Connor Research Foundation, I was lucky enough to get to spearhead a research study into the aptitudes of theatre artists. Last week, an article I wrote about the study and our findings went live on and has seen a lot of traffic! Many university and high school theatre departments as well as community and trade groups have shared it, which is great to see. I’m so glad people are finding the results meaningful.

Howlround: Are Theatre Artists Hardwired?

Many thanks to Ramona at Howlround for her help getting the article ready for publication, and to my colleagues at Johnson O’Connor for their efforts, in particular Linda Houser-Marko, who was the collaborating researcher on the project. Let me know what you think!


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  1. Hello! Could I please have a copy of the study with the full information that isn’t broken down for HowlAround? My research focuses on emotional intelligence and actor training and I’d love to read more and see more of the methods and the data.

    • Hi Heather! I no longer work at Johnson O’Connor, so your best bet would be to reach out to Linda Houser-Marko in the Chicago lab. Her email is lhmarko [at] jocrf [dot] org. In addition to this study she might be able to provide more data relevant to your research.

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