C. A. Johnson hails from Metairie Louisiana, but currently lives and writes in Queens. Her plays include THIRST (2017 Kilroys List, PlayPenn), MOTHER TONGUE, THE CLIMB, AN AMERICAN FEAST, ALL THE NATALIE PORTMANS and ELROY LEARN HIS NAME. She is a member of the 2017 Working Farm at SPACE on Ryder Farm and a Core Writer at the Playwrights Center. She was previously The Lark's 2016-17 Van Lier Playwriting Fellow, a 2016-2017 Dramatists Guild Fellow, and a member of The Civilians R&D Group. Her work has been developed with The Lark, Open Bar Theatricals, UC San Diego, The Dennis and Victoria Ross Foundation, and The Fire This Time Festival. Most recently, C.A. was named the 2018 P73 Playwriting Fellow and a 2018 Sundance/Ucross Fellow. BA: Smith College MFA: NYU
About my plays:
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.