Title: Playwright, Stage Director, Educator
Location: Macomb, Illinois, United States
Lyn-Steven Johanson, Playwright, Stage Director and Educator, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Artists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in theatrical arts.
Mr. Johanson was intrigued by television and movies growing up and decided to become an art major to pursue these interests. He earned an Associate of Arts from Iowa Lakes Community College in 1970 and continued at Wayne State College to receive a Bachelor of Arts in 1972. In 1983, he earned a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Nebraska. Upon his college experience, he became auditioning and performing in roles, and when he began his career as an educator, he came to the conclusion that he really enjoyed sitting in the director’s seat. He has been a playwright since 1996 and has taught at Western Illinois University since 1989. Earlier in his career, Mr. Johanson taught theatre at Buena Vista College, Concordia College and Aquinas High School.
As a playwright, Mr. Johanson’s works include “The Crucifixion of Moe and Ira,” “Budford and Leroy,” “Aging Grace” “Shooting Pool with a Rope,” “Joanna on My Mind,” “Serendipity” “A Tale from the North Woods” and “Twisted.” He has directed such plays as “Agnes of God,” “The Elephant Man,” “Hedda Gabler,” “As You Like It,” “Equus,” “Jesus Christ Superstart,” “Grease,” “Uncle Vanya,” “Dracula,” “Singin’ in the Rain” and “Macbeth.” Among the many awards and accolades he has received for his work, some that stand out are his second place award from the 3rd Annual Playwrights Jamboree of the Rhino Theatre Company, winning the Snowdance 10-Minute Comedy Festival and the winning the 10th Annual New Voice Play Festival. He maintains affiliation with the Mid-America Theater Conference, the Dramatists Guild of America, Chicago Dramatists and the Playwrights Center of Minneapolis.
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