charlie johnson




out of the box theatrics

Charlie is now the Director of New Works for Out of the Box Theatrics. He will be programming and developing the New works department.


Charlie’s new musical, Youlogy,  has industry reading. Check out the Broadway World article for more info.

directors lab north

Charlie has been accepted to the prestigious seminar in Toronto. He will spend a week there this summer.

Far from canterbury

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


Charlie will direct and choreograph a production of PAGEANT for Sensible Theatre Company this summer.

Holiday Inn

Charlie will Associate Direct the regional premiere of Holiday Inn at The 5th Avenue Theatre.


CHARLIE JOHNSON is a director, writer, and theater artist. He currently serves as the Associate Artistic Director of B-Side Theatricals. 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: You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown ( Flat Rock Playhouse ) Plaid Tidings ( Enlightened Theatrics ), 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. He is writing the book for a new musical, YOUlogy, with collaborator Ethan Andersen. 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

Acts on a Roof

Uptown Players

  • Writers: Danny K. Bernstein, Reed Campbell, Lauren Marcus, Zach Teague
  • Director: Charlie Johnson
  • Producer: Katie Zanca

Four Scenes, Four Writers, One Rooftop Party

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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