charlie johnson




out of the box

Charlie recently finished his first season as Director of New Works where he curated readings/workshops of Mazkapan! (Adam Quinn, Jared Goldsmith), Dance Me! (Linda Faigao-Hall) and Flower of Hawaii (Lee Cataluna)


Charlie will be choreographing the 5th Avenue/ACT Theater coproduction of Urinetown this spring.

directors lab north

Charlie attended the prestigious seminar this summer in Toronto with other international directors.


Charlie directs and choreographes PAGEANT for Sensible Theatre Company.

Far from canterbury

Charlie directs an industry presentation of the new musical featuring Alex Newell, Adam Kaplan, and Kennedy Caughell. 


CHARLIE JOHNSON is a director, writer, and theater artist. He currently serves as the Director of New Works for Out of the Box Theatrics. His work has been seen in New York at the New York Musical Festival, FringeNYC, The Playroom Theater, The Triad, Feinstein's/54Below, Musical Theater Factory, and The Green Room 42. Recent direction: Pageant ( Sensible Theater Co. ), You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown ( Flat Rock Playhouse ), Acts on a Roof ( Uptown Players ), and HeadVoice (New York Musical Festival).  He holds assisting credits with Michael Arden, Sam Buntrock, Jerry Zucker, and David Armstrong. Regional credits include shows at Paper Mill Playhouse, The 5th Avenue Theatre, Asolo Repertory Theater, Bay Street Theater, The Maltz Jupiter Theater, and North Carolina Theater. Charlie attended Elon University and currently resides in Washington Heights. He is most often found at the theater, yoga, or Chipotle.
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You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown

Flat Rock Playhouse

  • Based on The Comic Strip “Peanuts” by Charles M. Schulz 
  • Book, Music and Lyrics by Clark Gesner
  • Director: Charlie Johnson
  • Music Director: Matthew Glover
  • Choreographer: Maddie Franke

Happiness is…this charming musical featuring the beloved Charles M. Shulz Peanuts gang. Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus, Sally, Schroeder…and yes Snoopy too!  A delight for the whole family.

"You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown" is closer to a revue than a musical...and director Charlie Johnson keeps it clicking along." - Asheville Citizen-Times


A Sensible Theatre Co.

  • Book and Lyrics: Bill Russell and Frank Kelly
  • Music: Albert Evans
  • Director: Charlie Johnson

“Director/Choreographer Charlie Johnson has crafted a wonderful show with some killer dance heels no less!” - Broadway World

Plaid Tidings

Enlightened Theatrics

  • Holiday Edition of Forever Plaid by Stuart Ross
  • Vocal and Musical Arrangements by James Raitt
  • Director: Charlie Johnson
  • Musical Director: Daniel Gibson
  • Producing Artistic Director: Vincenzo Meduri

Filled with Christmas tunes that have all been “Plaid-erized,”  Francis, Jinx, Smudge and Sparky are back for their Christmas special. Returning to Earth for another posthumous performance, The Plaids are tasked with putting a little harmony into a discordant world. Numbers include their riotous three-minute-and-eleven-second version of The Ed Sullivan Show, with the Rockettes, the Chipmunks, The Vienna Boys Choir and more!


New York Musical Festival

  • Book, Music and Lyrics: Ethan Andersen
  • Director/Choreographer: Charlie Johnson
  • Stage Manager: Andrea Jess Berkey

Eric is writing a musical about his life. But instead of actors, he's using voices...the voices in his head. Frustrated with his own writing and his relationship with his mother, Eric brings his "HeadVoices" to life, and together they begin to musicalize his story. HeadVoice is a funny, touching, and original musical that tells the story of a young composer growing up and discovering love, loss, and the power of music.

"Director and choreographer Charlie Johnson knew just exactly how to tell this story... Johnson varied his staging and generated some stunning stage pictures. Johnson honored the theatricality of the musical, contributing some snazzy moves on stage." - Theater in the Now 


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