JoAnn Johnson

Actor & Director

JoAnn Johnson is a professional actor, director and choreographer based in Portland. For Artists Rep, she has directed Ballerina, Birdsend, Crumbs from the Table of Joy, Vanya, Blackbird and The Gin Game. She has appeared onstage at Artists Rep as Katharine Gerard in Mothers and Sons, Mrs. Bradman in Blithe Spirit, Vivian Bearing in Wit, Flora in Humble Boy, Leo in Indiscretions, Agnes in A Delicate Balance, Mrs. Rafi in The Sea, Margaret Civil in A Perfect Ganesh, Alice in Retreat From Moscow and Hattie in Ten Chimneys. Other acting credits include Sister Aloysius in Doubt and Kate Keller in All My Sons (Arkansas Repertory Theatre); Big Mama in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Mrs. Stavrogin in The Devils (Portland Center Stage); Leni Riefenstahl in Leni (Insight Out Theatre Collective); Sarah Bernhardt in Memoir and Anna in Boston Marriage (CoHo Productions); Madame Arcati in Blithe Spirit, Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest and Judith Bliss in Hay Fever (Tacoma Actors Guild); Meg in The Birthday Party, Nancy in Seascape and Aunt Sally in Fifth of July (Profile Theatre).  Other theatres include The Old Globe, The Empty Space, Pioneer Theatre Company, Utah Shakespearean Festival, Sacramento Theatre Company, San Jose Repertory Theatre and many seasons with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Directing projects include boom and The School for Lies (Theatre Vertigo); Richard II and King Lear (Northwest Classical Theatre Company); Vita and Virginia (triangle productions!), Watbanaland (Portland Actors Conservatory); A Christmas Carol (Assistant Director and Choreographer, Portland Center Stage); Macbeth (Quintessence Theatre Group); Big Love (University of Portland); The Detective’s Wife (Hellfire Productions); and Precious Little (defunkt theatre). For Artists Rep, JoAnn toured to Asia, Africa and the Middle East in the role of A in Three Tall Women and served as a cultural specialist, teaching at the Shilpakala Academy in Dhaka, Bangladesh. JoAnn was educated at Wells College and the University of Oregon and has a BA in English and a MA in Rhetoric.