Anton Juan was born on 25 November 1950. He obtained his primary and secondary education at the Ateneo de Manila University, and his BA in Comparative Literature at the University of the Philippines. He received a series of grants and scholarships abroad, notably in Italy, France, Greece, Japan, and the U.S. His Ph.D. in Semiology earned him a mark of Arista (equivalent to summa cum laude) from the University of Athens. His post-doctoral work include a Hitachi Foundation grant for a study of the Japanese Noh theater and Butoh dance, and a Fulbright grant for research on Filipino production during the American occupation, which won the Centennial Prize for the full-length play The Price of Redemption . His numerous awards include the Alexander Onassis Foundation International Prize for Playwriting, the French Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et Lettre , Manila'sAlagad ng Sining , UP Chancellor's Most Outstanding Faculty and Most Outstanding Artist, Asian Cultural Council Award, and various Palanca Awards. He continues to be an active lecturer, workshop panelist, visiting professor, director, designer, and librettist for productions in the Visayas, Mindanao and Europe.