Associate Professor of Dramatic Arts Education
Co-coordinator of Artist in Community Education
Aynne Johnston is an Associate Professor at Queen’s University in the Faculty of Education. She is the co-coordinator of the unique Artist-in-Community Education Program, which certifies professional arts educators for school and workplace careers. She specializes in Dramatic Arts Education, Integrated Arts and Creativity and Innovation.
Aynne blends the talents and skills of educator, artist, writer, thespian, facilitator and creator in her work with adult learners. With over 12 years experience at the post-secondary level of education, Aynne’s work has focused on teaching teachers and training trainers for school and the workplace. She is passionate about coaching individuals/teacher candidates for success to help them create and actualize strategies for new possibilities in the classroom and workplace.
Aynne recently completed a children's book "Milli Yawn's Adventure" and is beginning to design a limited series book on Tudor England. In 2011 she performed in a solo concert "Unexpected Songs". From 2009 to 2011 she was deeply involved in Second Life and integrating educational components of the virtual into her creative work and pedagogy. Aynne was a contributing editor to Claudia Cornett and Katharine Smithrim's book "The Arts as Meaning Makers".
Teaching and research interests include: Creativity, Innovation, Success coaching, arts-based practices and pedagogies. Earlier work at the Stratford Festival Theatre, Byron House Publishing, and various elementary and high schools informs her practice as an artist-educator. As well as having acquired degrees at Queen's, Aynne has studied in London, UK, the Arvon Foundation,Yorkshire, and with the Lincoln Institute.