Evan Johnson is an actor, playwright and physical theatre artist living in San Francisco, CA. His performance work incorporates character and personage as well as story and text experiments, movement, improvisation and masks. As a teacher, Evan has worked with High School aged students, children grades K-5 and adults. His teaching pedagogy incorporates elements of clown, improvisation and body-based practices, such as finding characters in the body (movements) of each performer. Evan currently teaches performance classes to young people at The Harvey Milk Center for Recreational Arts in San Francisco, CA and after-school at Harvey Milk Elementary.
Evan is a proud graduate of The Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre in Blue Lake, CA (2006). He co-founded The IT Speaks Project with Jamie Van Camp in 2006 and The 11.11 Art Group with Ernesto Sopprani in 2010. Evan presented his original play for one actor, “DON’T FEEL: The Death of Dahmer” (with 11.11 Art Group) at Mama Calizo’s Factory in 2010, as a DIY Resident Artist. The IT Speaks Project presented an interactive comedic showcase entitled “The Hello Show!” in 2007 and 2008 and shared their signature brand of physical comedy with Studio 81 Drama students at El Dorado High School.
Since moving to San Francisco in 2009, Evan has performed his outrageous female character, Martha T. Lipton (the failed actress) at bars and parties. Martha T. Lipton performs “acts of theatre” in nightclubs and prefers to project rather than use a microphone.
Johnson has studied character-based comedy with Master Clowns, Giovanni Fusetti in Boulder, CO in 2007 and with Ronlin Foreman (’06) while at Dell’Arte. His red nosed character Alvin McGee has performed in India with Ricochet Circus Theatre, in the mountains of New Mexico and throughout Northern California including with SF Boylesque and at Supperclub SF.
Evan worked as an Intern with Double Edge Theatre in Ashfield, MA (’06) where he learned the necessity of fueling his work, no matter how serious, with PLAY, a quality and presence which allows for more endurance and ingenuity.
Some other noteworthy performances include “the pride of the Trojans” Hector in a modern adaptation of “The Iliad” produced by Inferno Theatre (Berkley, CA), Adam in Neil LaBute’s “The Shape of Things” with Ensemble Players (Placerville, CA), Alan Strang in Peter Shaffer’s brilliant play “Equus” at Sacramento City Theatre and playing a(nother) homosexual psychopath (Bob) in Christopher Durang’s “Beyond Therapy” with LookOut! Productions (Sacramento, CA).
Currently, Evan is working with the New Conservatory Theatre Center, in their exclusive Emerging Artist Program, where he will premiere his newest full-length solo work PANSY, in 2012. He is currently researching solo performance modalities and experimenting with images and texts related to childhood, sexuality and make-believe.