Another Year at The Lark!


Good news! I've been chosen as a 2017-2018 Rita Goldberg Playwrights' Workshop Fellow at The Lark!

As a fellow, I'll be joining playwrights Rae Binstock, Nick Gandiello, Luca Hnath, and Susan Soon He Stanton in a season-long workshop led by Arthur Kopit!  With a list of that many wonderful personalities, I can't wait for what we all discover together.



I'm a Core Writer at The Playwrights Center!

Hey Folks,

Happy to announce that I've been selected as a 2017-2020 Core Writer at The Playwrights Center! For the next three years I'll get to head out to Minneapolis to workshop my plays with the wonderful folks at PWC, and I couldn't be more excited to meet new collaborators and make some new friends!

Also so very pleased to see that my incoming cohort of Core Writers is ALL WOMEN! Couldn't be any more proud to be in the company of Kim Euell, Allison Gregory, Dipika Guha, Carson Kreitzer, Andrea Stolowitz, and Stefanie Zadravec.

Now, as I often say, ONWARDS AND UPWARDS!


I'm headed to PlayPenn this summer!!

Hi Lovelies,

So my play THIRST was selected for PlayPenn's annual summer conference this year, and I can't even begin to tell you all how excited I am!

I'll be headed to Philadelphia from July 11th-30th with an exciting cohort of writers and a director to do some intensive workshopping (while soaking up that Philly sun).

Check out the lineup of playwrights below!  Also I've included a snapshot of myself with the cast and director of my most recent workshop of THIRST. It was produced by the Dennis and Victoria Ross Foundation and directed by the fabulous Danya Taymor. This play truly is the gift that keeps on giving, so I'm always so happy to continue making each draft better!

From left to right: Eden Marryshow, Danya Taymor, Ugo Chukwu, me, Sheria Irving, Andy Lucien, Hanna Cheek, and Brett Grey

From left to right: Eden Marryshow, Danya Taymor, Ugo Chukwu, me, Sheria Irving, Andy Lucien, Hanna Cheek, and Brett Grey



How Do I Internet Again?

Hello out there!

So it’s recently come to my attention that I’m not the best at updating this here website of mine.  If you know me personally, that shouldn’t be surprising.  On a typical day, devices and platforms for social interfacing are the last thing on my mind. It’s often why I text folks back the next day, email back two or three days later, or regularly gab at you about a news article that you already digested and tossed a week ago.

I know.

I’m working on it.

This negligence aside, however, the current theater season has been one filled with great gifts, so I didn’t want it to wind down without me cataloguing some of that here.

I’m currently winding down the final months of some really wonderful fellowships and playgroups.  I am a 2016 Van Lier New Voices Fellow at The Lark alongside my insanely talented co-fellow Donja R. Love.  It’s been a fantastic year, filled with writer’s retreats, play workshops, and more table reads than I can count.  Most notably, I completed a studio retreat of my play Waitin’ on the Moon back in December, directed by the lovely Jade King Caroll and featuring a really wonderful and talented cast. I also wrote a new draft of my play The Climb (the first was with Open Bar Theatricals) and began a completely new play called all the natalie portmans, that I am very excited about.

Additionally, I’m winding down a 2016-2017 Dramatists Guild Fellowship and membership in The Civilians R & D Group.  At the Guild, I’m completely re-writing my play Mother Tongue (formerly titled By and By) under the guidance of Diana Son, Sheri Wilner, and the many talented guests the Guild drops into our meetings.  With The Civilians I am writing a new play currently titled elroy learn his name, which takes a peek into the world of juvenile imprisonment and Black families through the lens of an accomplished American journalist.

All these happenings considered, I’d say it’s been a busy, busy year since graduating from good ole NYU, and I can’t even begin to express my gratitude for all of it.  I’m learning more and more about my voice as a playwright, meeting wonderful artists and collaborators at every turn, and constantly reaching for the next opportunity.

So to all who read this, and all who’ve made this year great, thanks for your time and energy!

Til next time,

C. A.

New Ten-Minute Play Premiere!

I am super excited to share that my ten-minute play "The Fucking World and Everything In It" will premiere in season 8 of the Obie Award Winning Fire This Time Festival!

The festival runs from January 16th-February 8th and features ten minute plays by a wonderful cohort of writers, as well full length play readings, an open mic night, and a reading of novel excerpts by sister playwrights Kia and Kara Lee Corthron. 

If you want to know more, info  can be found here!  The specific dates of the 10 minute play performances are below!

"The Fucking World and Everything In It" by C. A. Johnson

A Black man stands inside a jail cell, while a white cop gazes at him from the other side.  Both men have a request: one to be un-cuffed, the other to understand his captive’s motives. As tensions mount and their pleas grow more desperate, they must face the inevitability of what comes next and how it is inextricably tied to history.

Showings: Jan. 21st-23rd, 27th-28th, and Feb. 3rd-5th at 7:30 PM.