Joh Hartog first moved to Australia in 1965 and became active in the theatre in 1969. He worked as a free-lance artist over several decades until taking up formal theatre studies at Flinders University in 1989 to developed his craft further. He has been fulltime employed by the University from 1996 working across all streams: Theory, Drama Workshop and the Drama centre. He developed TED (The Event Database) for the Performing Arts Collection of SA which later gave birth to AusStage, the national Performing Arts database, which he developed from its inception to 2006, after which he concentrated more on the creation of theatre again. In 2007 he set up Accidental Productions with a number of graduating Drama Centre students to provide opportunities for them to ply their trade. This very successful venture continues to this day and has become an important part of the Adelaide theatre scene.