2016-17 Van Lier New Voices Fellow
C. A. Johnson is a playwright and teaching artist based in Queens, New York. Her play One-Way Ticket to Solid Ground won a 2010 James Baldwin Fund Prize for Multi-cultural Playwriting and received a staged reading in the 2010 Word! Festival hosted by the Five College Consortium. Her play Gossamer won the 2012 Dr. Floyd Gaffney Playwriting Award and received a stage reading during UC San Diego's Baldwin New Play Festival that same year. Most recently her play By and By was a finalist for the 2016 Goldberg Play Prize at NYU. Other plays include Thirst, The Climb, and Waitin’ on the Moon.
C. A. was born in Metairie, Louisiana, a suburb of New Orleans with all the same culture but slightly earlier bedtimes. She has four siblings and a powerhouse mother who animate all of her work, not to mention over a dozen aunts and uncles and more first cousins than she can really count. She thanks this rich family history for all the great stories given to her, as well as the stories she continues to weave in her plays.
In addition to her writing C.A. was a Mellon Mays undergraduate fellow, a past winner of a Legacy Prize from The Creativity Foundation, and a creative writing instructor at her alma mater, the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, DC. BA: Smith College MFA: NYU Tisch