Christine Toy Johnson

Librettist Lyricist Playwright

Christine Toy Johnson is an award-winning writer, actor, director, filmmaker and advocate for inclusion. Her plays and libretti have been developed with the Roundabout Theatre Company, The O'Neill Theater Center, Prospect Theater Company, Village Theatre, Crossroads Theatre, Leviathan Lab, Diverse City Theatre Company, Barrow Group, Weston Playhouse, Gorilla Rep, CAP21 etc., and are included in the Library of Congress Asian Pacific American Performing Arts Collection. In 2016, she won a fellowship in the Meryl Streep/IRIS Screenwriting Lab. Member: Dramatists Guild (Council), ASCAP, AEA (Council), SAG-AFTRA, Asian American Composers and Lyricists Project (founder), BMI Musical Theatre Writing Workshop (alum). Christine was the Executive Producer and Co-Director with her husband, filmmaker Bruce Johnson, of Transcending - The Wat Misaka, the award-winning documentary feature film about Japanese American basketball star Wat Misaka, the first person of color to be drafted into what is now the NBA by the 1947 New York Knicks. As a performer, she has been breaking the color barrier in non-traditionally cast roles for over 25 years, and has been featured extensively on Broadway, off-Broadway, in regional theatres across the country, in film, television, and concerts worldwide. She is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild Council, chair of the DEI committee and member of the Publications and Archives committees. She is the host of the Guild's podcast "The Dramatist Presents: Talkback" distributed by the Broadway Podcast Network.