Marcia Johnson has been a theatre artist in Toronto for over twenty-five years. Her plays include Binti’s Journey, an adaptation of the teen fiction novel ‘The Heaven Shop’ by Deborah Ellis (Theatre Direct Canada/Manitoba Theatre for Young People); Courting Johanna (Blyth Festival) based on Alice Munro’s ‘Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage’ and Late, an original piece produced by Obsidian Theatre Company.
Marcia has participated in playwrights’ groups at Obsidian Theatre Company, Theatre Passe Muraille, Ontario Arts Council Playwright’s Residencies at Blyth Festival and Roseneath Theatre. She also participated in Tapestry New Opera’s Composer-Librettist Laboratory, a musical theatre workshop with William Finn at Canadian Stage Company and the Siminovitch Prize Playwriting Master Class with Carole Frechette. She took a second Master Class with Ms. Frechette at Playwrights Workshop Montreal.
The short opera My Mother’s Ring for which she wrote the libretto with composer Stephen A. Taylor was nominated for a 2009 Dora Mavor Moore Award in Toronto. Their second collaboration, Paradises Lost based on the Ursula K. Le Guin novella had an excerpted concert performance in Portland, Oregon and had its full premiere at University of Illinois. Paradises Lost had a concert performance at Reed College (Third Angle Ensemble) in Portland, Oregon; The Gershwin Hotel in New York and Musical Works in Concert during the SummerWorks Festival.
CBC Radio Drama writing credits include Wifely Duty and The Revival Meeting (Sounds Like Canada); Say Ginger Ale (The Round Up) and Perfect on Paper (Sunday Showcase and Monday Night Playhouse).
Marcia was in the ‘Idle No More’ edition of The Wrecking Ball in Andrew Moodie’s Undertow. She was also in Andrew’s play The Real McCoy at Factory Theatre in Toronto and Great Canadian Theatre Company in Ottawa and an original cast member for the 2007 Toronto Fringe runaway hit, The Gladstone Variations and had roles in several US and Canadian film and TV projects.
Currently, Marcia Johnson coaches musical theatre students on their acting monologues and teaches an introduction to playwriting course at Sheridan Technical Institute for Advanced Learning, School of Art, Animation and Design in Oakville, Ontario.
Marcia Johnson is Vice-President of Women Playwrights International.