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C.A. JOHNSON hails from Metairie Louisiana, but currently lives and writes in Queens, NY. Her plays include THIRST (2017 Kilroys List,The Contemporary American Theater Festival), AN AMERICAN FEAST (NYU Playwrights Horizons Theater School), THE CLIMB (2018 Cherry Lane Mentor Project), ALL THE NATALIE PORTMANS (upcoming at MCC Theater in 2020), and MOTHER TONGUE. She is currently the Tow Playwright in Residence at MCC Theater and a Core Writer at the Playwrights Center. She was previously the 2018 P73 Playwriting Fellow, The Lark’s 2016-17 Van Lier Fellow, a Dramatists Guild Fellow, a member of The Civilians R&D Group, a member of The Working Farm at SPACE on Ryder Farm, a Sundance/Ucross Fellow and a 2018 Sundance Theatre Lab Fellow. Her work has been developed with The Lark, PlayPenn, Luna Stage, Open Bar Theatricals, The Dennis and Victoria Ross Foundation, and The Fire This Time Festival. BA: Smith College MFA: NYU


If I have any one goal as a writer, it’s to write honestly about the lived lives of women. I have beliefs about those lives, about what it means to be socialized to care for others first (often to our own detriment).  I also have beliefs about what it means to love a woman and what it means when a woman gives you her love—how that is no simple offering.  So my plays often locate women in vastly different circumstances still tackling the same issues: self-actualization, locating and embracing brutal honesty, and loving without abandon.  I like to imagine the impossible in my work, those sublime moments when a woman discovers her own truth and finds herself suddenly bare before an audience.  I’m endlessly interested in what that nakedness can mean, how it is theatrical, and how it can teach us to be the best versions of ourselves, even when it kills us.