charlie johnson

theater maker

“Swingtime Canteen”, Arrow Rock Lyceum Theater


CHARLIE is a queer, Seattle-based theater maker who is interested in creating theater that
  • combines genres in new and exciting ways
  • has a sense of humor about itself
  • leaves an audience feeling that life is ultimately worth living.
He recently directed and choreographed the national tour of The Queen’s Cartoonists. Other direction and/or choreography credits include Cymbeline(Seattle Shakespeare), Far From Canterbury (Barnstormers Theatre), Urinetown! (ACT/5th Avenue Theatre), HeadVoice (New York Musical Festival), Swingtime Canteen! (Arrow Rock Lyceum),  Machine Gun America (FringeNY), and You’re a...Charlie Brown (Flat Rock Playhouse). Additional credits include productions at Papermill Playhouse, North Carolina Theater, Bay Street Theater, Asolo Repertory Theater, and the Maltz Jupiter Theater.

He has developed new musicals with The Rev Theater Co, New York Theater Barn, Green Room 42, The Dramatists’ Guild, and Musical Theater Factory. Currently, he is developing Monkey Trouble Unleashed! with Joel B. New.

In his arts administration work, Charlie recently concluded a year as the Interim Artistic Producing Associate at The 5th Avenue Theatre. Prior to that, he worked with the New York based theater company Out of the Box Theatrics as the Director of New Works. There, he helped to develop 12 new plays and musicals.

Charlie has taught all over the nation, most recently at Cornish College of the Arts. He attended Elon University and is a member of Director’s Lab North and SDC.
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