James J. Johnson

James J. Johnson (he/him/his) is excited to make his debut with Folger Theatre. He last appeared at Theater J in the 2013-14 production of Darrah Cloud’s Our Suburb, directed by Judith Ivey. His last stage appearance was in the 1st Stage/Olney Theatre Center co-production of The Royale which closed right before the pandemic. Other theatre credits include Ruined (Arena Stage); Hero’s Welcome (1st Stage); Les Deux Noirs (Mosaic Theater); Stick Fly (UVA Dept. of Theatre - Equity Guest Artist); The Member of the Wedding (Ford’s Theatre); The Unmentionables (Woolly Mammoth Theatre); Kingdom, Wedding Dance, Buffalo Hair (African Continuum Theatre Co.); Zomo the Rabbit (Imagination Stage); Homer P. Figg (The Kennedy Center). EDUCATION: BFA, Virginia Commonwealth University. James is a part of 1st Stage’s Solo Commissions. He recently received his first writing credit on IMDb, as a co-writer for the short film Silent Partner which won awards at several film festivals in 2021. James is also a founding member of Galvanize, a support network for local theater artists of color. IG: @jamesjjohnson1 Twitter: @jamesjjohnson TikTok: @mediocredope

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