About Lynn

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 without honors 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 became infected with the theatre bug as well as mononucleosis. While he successfully recovered from mononucleosis, he has tested positive for theatre ever since. When asked what his son was studying in college, Lynn’s father would say, “He's taking up space.” But he managed to graduate cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Education degree from Wayne State College in 1972, and he earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in directing from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1983.

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 about seventy-five per cent of the time. They have three adult children and three grandchildren. They have lived in Macomb, Illinois, since 1989, and they work for the College of Education at Western Illinois University. Lynn goes to work early each morning about 7:00 a.m. and writes until 8:00 a.m. if the muses are present. 

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 community chorus and church choir. If that is not enough, he is also a skilled carpenter, a good photographer, a genealogy fanatic, and a connoisseur of craft beers.  He possesses a quick wit and a wicked sense of humor that ranges from the grotesque to the sublime. Lynn’s cat, a Russian Blue named Boris Badenov, is his best friend, and he has successfully learned to communicate with him by making a variety of cat sounds.







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