Lynn-Steven Johanson was born un-hyphenated in Storm Lake, Iowa, and he grew up on a farm three miles from the small, northwest Iowa town of Marathon. He graduated from Marathon High School in 1968. Knowing he was totally unfit for a career in farming, he enrolled in college to figure out what to do with his life. It was there that he discovered theatre, and he immersed himself in every aspect of it. He graduated with an Associate in Arts degree from Iowa Lakes Community College in 1970, and a Bachelor of Arts in Education degree from Wayne State College in 1972. He later earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in directing from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1983.
His teaching experience includes stints at Aquinas High School, David City, Nebraska; Concordia College, Seward, Nebraska; Buena Vista College, Storm Lake, Iowa; Western Illinois University, Macomb, Illinois; and Spoon River College, Macomb, Illinois.
Lynn has been married to his wife, Joyce, since 1972. He credits their long and successful marriage to the fact that they are both boring people who happen to enjoy each other’s company. They have three adult children and four grandchildren. They have lived in Macomb, Illinois, since 1989, and they work for the College of Education at Western Illinois University.
While Joyce is a nationally known exhibitor and breeder of Lhasa Apsos (dogs from Tibet), Lynn, who has been a gear head all of his life, occupies himself by building and driving street rods. His latest car is a 1932 Ford coupe, which he drives to area and regional car events. He enjoys karaoke as well as singing in the local choral society. If that is not enough, he is also a skilled carpenter, an avid photographer, a genealogy fanatic, and a connoisseur of craft beers. Reading crime fiction is one of his many pastimes, and his favorite novelists are David Baldacci and Jonathan Kellerman. Lynn has many acquaintances, but he considers his cat, a Russian Blue named Boris Badenov, his best friend.