Martha B. Johnson
Martha B. Johnson began her Twin Cities career in the early 1980s with her co-founding/co-artistic directorship of 21st Street Players, a small, experimental theater company, where she collaborated on new works by poet Robert Bly and Japanese Noh master Akira Matsui. During this time she also taught acting for Guthrie Theater Outreach for several years. In 1988 she joined the theater faculty at Augsburg University where she taught classes, served as department chair, and directed over 30 productions, including area premieres of Anne Carson’s Antigonick and Nilo Cruz’s adaptation of Calderon’s Life is a Dream. She maintained a professional career while teaching, helping to co-found Theater Mu and serving there as core artistic group member for 21 years, collaborating with other theater artists as a director, dramaturg, consultant, and performer. And while at Mu she wrote Dipped in Love, directed by Jen Weir and produced by Mu at Mixed Blood Theater. Proud to be one of the co-founders of Full Circle Theater, she has served this company as co-artistic director, co-writer, dramaturg, assistant director (Theater: A Sacred Passage), and director (Glass & Lady M.) Outside of Full Circle, she has directed at New Native Theater, and her play Dipped in Love was co-produced by Full Circle and KinderSpace Theater in Tokyo (fall, 2019) in Japanese translation by Momoko Tanno. She holds a Ph.D. in theater from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she specialized in ancient Greek, traditional Japanese, and experimental European theater.