Business Affairs

Christine Toy Johnson (Incumbent)

It has been an incredible honor and privilege to serve on the Council and I’m very proud of the work I’ve been able to help get done so far, including initiating and chairing the Guild’s first Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) committee. In this committee, we created the Guild’s official statement on Inclusion and are developing initiatives to fight for equal rights and representation for all members, as well as help build bridges of understanding with each other and our colleagues. I have truly enjoyed meeting members across the country at two national conferences, as well as in panels and DEI town halls that I’ve collaborated on with regional reps in San Diego, NYC, Cincinnati, Milwaukee, Seattle, Salt Lake City, Los Angeles, and San Francisco (so far). I intend to continue these Town Halls in as many cities as possible so that I can learn what specific needs your communities have and hopefully help build safe spaces in which to discuss many sensitive issues that arise regarding writing outside our lived experiences, and more. I don’t fancy myself an “expert” in this, but I hope to be able to share any insight I may have from being a working artist in this industry over the past three decades and taking what I learn back to the national Council for continued and proactive advocacy. I’m so proud of the many ways my colleagues on the Council continuously and tirelessly fight for the rights of writers. It would be my greatest honor to continue working alongside them. Giving thanks for your consideration.

 

BIO: Christine Toy Johnson is an award-winning playwright, librettist, lyricist, actor, director, and advocate for inclusion. She has served on the DG Council since 2016, during which time she initiated the Guild’s first Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee. Recent works include Till Soon, Anne (book and lyrics with composer Bobby Cronin – developed in residencies at the O’Neill, part of the 2018 New York Theatre Barn New Works Series), The Secret Wisdom of Trees (included in Applause Books “Later Chapters” Anthology), Barcelona (book and lyrics with composer/lyricist Jason Ma, developed at the Weston Playhouse, CAP21 and Village Theatre’s Festival of New Works), Truth Against The World: The Life and Loves of Frank Lloyd Wright (developed in residency at the O’Neill, world premiere at the Kennedy/McIlwee Theatre) and Jumping the Third Rail (winner of a Meryl Streep/IRIS Writers Lab fellowship). The Library of Congress included a collection of her work into their Asian Pacific American Performing

Arts Collection in 2010. Alum of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Writing Workshop. Founder of The Asian American Composers & Lyricists Project. As part of the elected leadership of Actors’ Equity Association since 1992, she serves as National Chair of the union’s Equal Employment Opportunity Committee. Recipient of the 2013 Rosetta LeNoire Award from Actors’ Equity for “outstanding artistic contributions to the universality of the human spirit in the American theatre.” Details: www.christinetoyjohnson.com.

COMMITTEES: Archives, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (Chair), Political Engagement, Publications

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