Lynn-Steven Johanson

playwright \ 'plā rīt \ noun: a person who writes plays

Look for Lynn's mystery novel due to be released in 2020!

Lynn-Steven Johanson holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and he has been employed by Western Illinois University since 1989. Some of his past professional experiences have included working with Edward Albee at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago and with Rick Cluchey of the San Quentin Drama Workshop. He has directed over fifty productions in theatres and universities throughout the Midwest. He is the past president of the Mid-America Theatre Conference, and during his term he initiated the addition of its Playwriting Symposium and its online presence with the MATC homepage.

In 1997, Lynn began making a transition from directing to playwriting. Since that time, his plays have been produced by the Turnip Theatre, American Globe Theatre, Makor Theatre, the Short Play Lab, Love Creek Productions, and Senses Askew among others in New York, the City Playhouse, The Attic Theatre, Little Fish Theatre, and First Stage in greater Los Angeles, and numerous theatres throughout the United States. His plays have also been produced in the United Kingdom, India, New Zealand, Australia, Denmark, and the Kingdom of Bahrain.

Lynn is a Network Playwright with Chicago Dramatists, a member of the Playwrights Center of Minneapolis, the Mid-America Theatre Conference, and the Dramatists Guild of America. Among his favorite playwrights are Anton Chekhov, Lanford Wilson, and Samuel Beckett.