John A Johnson is a Poet/Playwright and native Washingtonian. He is the founder and creator of Verbal Gymnastics Theater Company. Mr. Johnson holds a B.A in Theater Arts from The University of the District of Columbia. He has worked as a drama therapist in partnership with the District's Youth Services Center. Mr. Johnson is a published author, who has written and produced six plays that reflect and celebrate the culture of his native city Washington DC. He is a three-time Artist Fellow of the DC Arts Commission. His most recent contribution is to a radio project at American University WAMU 88.5 in conjunction with the Association of Independent Radio call “Anacostia Unmapped”, which captures the narratives of local residents in rapidly changing communities “East of the River” in Washington D.C. Mr. Johnson uses innovative forms of theater/storytelling to foster meaningful discussions about race, cultural preservation, and the effects of economic development in Washington, D.C.
We offer interactive performances with a full cast of professional actors, musicians and storytellers. Shows last 60 to 90 min
Our stories are like human DNA. When we share our stories, we paint pictures so that others can see us and understand us. We offer a unique opportunity through our creative process.
We all have the unique ability to twist words together and link a series of verbs and nouns together to create poetry. We celebrate the writing and improvisation of spoken word through interactive workshops
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Join the Hirshhorn’s ARTLAB and THE HRCHY as they uncover the significance of Black hair, and celebrate the impacts of Black hair salons on the District through an immersive showcase.