Marion Johnson

Began writing plays in 1999. Prior to that, wrote short film scripts for Lockwood Films of London ON, and published a collection of stories, The Book of All Sorts (1989). Theatre projects include literary adaptations, history plays and original plays. DARCY & ELIZABETH won Best of Fringe at the 2006 London ON Fringe. WUTHERING HEIGHTS won Best of Fringe at the 2008 London ON Fringe, and was produced again in 2009 in Toronto by the Glendale Players. Jane Austen's EMMA was produced at the 2010 London ON Fringe, and remounted in expanded form in May 2017 at the McManus Stage - Grand Theatre. GREAT EXPECTATIONS was produced in February 2012 at the London Public Library, in celebration of the bicentenary of Charles Dickens. In 2009, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Fanshawe Pioneer Village, THE DUNCOMBE REBELLION 1837 was produced in the Miller Barn, and later toured to Sparta, Wardsville, and Lexington Michigan. With financial support from Heritage Canada, 'LIKE A HERO GOING HOME': THE FINAL DAYS OF TECUMSEH was toured around Southern Ontario, to honour the contributions of indigenous people in the War of 1812-14. The play has been presented 14 times to a mix of native and non-native audiences, and will be read again in February 2018 at the Museum of Ontario Archaeology in London ON. George Henry, Chippewa elder and historian, is the First Nations partner on the project. Won 'Outstanding Production' 2 years in a row in the London One Act Festival: in November 2014 for THE VIOLENCE OF MY AFFECTION (the Mr Collins' story from Pride & Prejudice); and again in November 2015 for an original play, WE'LL ALWAYS HAVE PORT STANLEY, which was also produced for the 2016 Atlantic Fringe in Halifax. It tells a story of individuals dealing with profound loss in their lives; work on the project is ongoing.