Johnston, Denis (1901-1984)


Denis Johnston (1901-1984) was a playwright born in Dublin, educated in Dublin, Edinburgh and Cambridge, where he studied law. He practised law for ten years. Johnston worked for a time as a director with the Gate Theatre in Dublin. In his life time he was also a war correspondent and later Director of Programmes at the BBC. He started to work for the BBC as a script writer in the 1930's. He was a war correspondent for BBC radio during the Second World War. He worked in North Africa, Italy the Balkans and Germany during this time. In 1950 he changed his career path and moved to America to take up posts as professor in various American universities. Distinctions bestowed upon him included a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1955, Allied Irish Banks Award for Literature in 1977 and an Honorary Doctorate from the New University of Ulster in 1979. Denis Johnston died in Dublin on August 8th 1984. His plays cannot be classified as belonging to any particular school of thought.

Writer, director, journalist and broadcaster.