Marcia Johnson is a Toronto-based theatre artist. She branched out from acting into writing with the help of play festivals: You Look Great Too (Rhubarb!/Buddies in Bad Times Theatre) and Perfect on Paper (Toronto Fringe).
Perfect on Paper was later commissioned by CBC Radio. Marcia played the lead role in both productions. She was commissioned to write an original radio drama, Say Ginger Ale. She then re-wrote it as a stage play which was produced at SummerWorks Performance Festival.
Marcia’s play Binti’s Journey (based on ‘The Heaven Shop’/ Deborah Ellis) was commissioned by Theatre Direct Canada and has had several touring and theatre productions at places such as Black Theatre Workshop, Young Peoples Theatre and Manitoba Theatre for Young People. Binti’s Journey has been published in the collection Things That Go Bump, Volume 1: Plays for Young Adults, edited by Kit Brennan for Signature Editions.
Courting Johanna (adapted from Alice Munro’s ‘Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage’) was commissioned and produced at Blyth Festival and had a second production at University of Lethbridge. It is available from Scirocco Drama.
Marcia’s one act play, Late, had its debut at Obsidian Theatre Company, Canada’s national Black theatre company.
Her first opera collaboration was with composer Stephen A. Taylor My Mother’s Ring. It premiered in March 2009 as part of Tapestry New Opera’s Opera to Go program and was subsequently nominated for a Dora Mavor Moore award for Outstanding New Musical/Opera.
Marcia and Stephen’s second collaboration, an adaptation of Paradises Lost by Ursula K. Le Guin, had its debut at the Krannert Center, University of Illinois.
Other accomplishments include serving as Ontario Arts Council Playwright in Residence for Roseneath Theatre (2009/10) and Blyth Festival Theatre (2004/05) as well as being in playwright development groups with Obsidian Theatre Company, Theatre Passe Muraille and Tapestry New Opera (ComposerLibrettist Laboratory) to name a few. She is also one of the curators of Toronto Cold Read Series, a weekly gathering which brings actors and writers together to read from new works.