Council Member, Dramatists Guild of America

An avid advocate of inclusion, Christine Toy Johnson has been a member of the elected leadership of the Dramatists Guild since 2016 and is the initiator/chair of the Guild’s first Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee. She also serves on the Publications, Political Engagement and Archive Committees. She has been a member of the elected leadership of Actors’ Equity Association since 1992, also serving as National Chair of the union’s Equal Employment Opportunity Committee and the Equity News Advisory Committee and was a founding steering committee member of AAPAC (Asian American Performers Action Coalition) and founder of The Asian American Composers & Lyricists Project. She was a semi-finalist for the Ford Foundation “Leadership for a Changing World” Award in 2001, and has received multiple grant awards in support of her work from The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (8), The California Civil Liberties Public Education Program (4), The Puffin Foundation (3), The Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance (2), Asian Women Giving Circle, The Open Meadows Foundation, and The Boomerang Fund for Artists. She was honored by the JACL (the nation’s largest and oldest Asian American civil rights organization) in 2010 for “exemplary leadership and dedication”, the Asian American Arts Alliance in 2012 for “Outstanding Service in the Arts”, and received the 2013 Rosetta LeNoire Award from Actors’ Equity Association for “outstanding artistic contributions to the universality of the human experience in the American theatre”. Christine is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and the Certificate of Screenwriting Program at NYU and is an alum of the BMI Musical Theatre Writing Program.