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


Lynn-Steven Johanson holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Directing from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and he has been employed by Western Illinois University since 1989. Some of his past 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 a past president of the Mid-America Theatre Conference and he initiated the addition of its Playwriting Symposium. 

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 Theatre Company in New York, the City Playhouse, the Attic Theatre, Little Fish Theatre, and First Stage in greater Los Angeles, and numerous other theatres throughout the United States. His plays have also been produced in the United Kingdom, India,  and Australia.

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 writers are Anton Chekhov, Lanford Wilson, and Samuel Beckett.