Stephen Burge Johnson

Raised on a farm in Lowville, Ontario, Stephen Johnson attended school in Guelph, Toronto and New York City. He teaches theatre and film at the University of Toronto, and is Director of the Graduate Centre for Study of Drama. For three years in the 1990s he worked with scientists, community volunteers and theatre professionals in the Environmental Theatre Workshop, Hamilton, Ontario, creating scripts on environmental topics for family audiences. Versions of Juba, based on documentary research into blackface minstrelsy and the history of tap, have been produced in Toronto and Portsmouth (New Hampshire), and on CBC radio. Other plays include: an adaptation of the Capek Brothers' The Insect Play; A Little Grief (Goes a Long Way), a poem cycle; Six Puppets and a Fish (not to mention the Fisherman), an environmental play; and Faker, a short piece on spiritualist Margaret Fox for solo performer (and ghost). He has been a producer, director and dramaturge for university theatre, and for Handmade Performance.

Information on all productions and playscripts can be found at www.utm.utoronto.ca/~sjohnson/handmade