STEPHANIE ANNE JOHNSON is a second-generation theater practitioner. Her mother Virginia Johnson (Green) worked with The American Negro Theatre In N.Y.
Johnson has been a lighting designer for over forty years. Nationally she has done designs for La Mama Theatre (N.Y.), Telluride Repertory Theatre (Colorado), The Arizona Repertory Theatre, The National Black Theater, and The Apollo (N.Y.). Locally, she has worked with Cultural Odyssey, Rhodessa Jones, Afro Solo, Ubuntu Theatre, African American Shakespeare Company, The Aurora Theater, Shotgun Players, The Marin Theatre Company, and many other groups.
Her design work has also been seen in India, The Netherlands, Italy, Belgium, Canada and France. She was awarded a Gerbode Design Fellowship in partnership with Cultural Odyssey of San Francisco in 1998. Photographs of Ms. Johnson's designs were included in the show Onstage: A Century of African American Stage Design which was presented at The N.Y. Public Library For The Performing Arts in 1995.
Stephanie also has written, directed and performed in theater presentations.
SFGATE: Theatrical lighting designer embraces 'ethereal art form' Stephanie Anne Johnson. See the review>
SF Chronicle Datebook: Stephanie Anne Johnson's interview with Lily Janiak is part of the recent article about women in the theater industry. See it here>
SF Chronicle with Pam Grady. "Is there a light at the end of the tunnel?" Artist Stephanie Anne Johnson thinks so, and she hopes her work can guide us. See the interview>