XAN S JOHNSON

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  • President Elect, President, Immediate Past President, Academic Senate , Theatre Department
  • Head, BFA in Theatre Teaching Program (TTP) , Theatre Department
  • Honors Professor, Honors College
  • Graduate Professor, Graduate School
  • Professor, Theatre Department

Research

Creative Research

  • Really Rosie (Broadway Musical) by Maurice Sendak, music by Carol King. Research focus—blending early teen physicality and self-image with latent playfulness of preteen characters. Zona Gale Youth Theatre, Portage Center for the Arts, Portage, WI (Summer, 2015). Performance, completed 09/11/2015.
  • Fighting Frogs vs. Victoria Vanderbilt by Valerie Work. Midwest Premiere of a new play. Directed and Revised by Xan S. Johnson, Ph.D. Zona Gale Youth Theatre, Portage Center for the Arts, Portage, Wisconsin (Summer, 2014). http://www.portagecenterforthearts.com/youthproductions.html Reason I selected this show calling for a cast of all 10-14 year old youth and two adults was to serve my high count of special need youth in my program at the moment. Six youth were on heavy meds and/or daily watch – clinical depression, autism spectrum, OCD, bi-polar, cutting, severe ADHA, etc. And, at the same time, one of my students had the highest measurable IQ’s in the nation (based on ACT, plus IQ follow up). Schools in California for high IQ gifted research tried to recruit her. Parents said no. Great Assistant Director. One of the best care-taking casts I have had in recent memory. Other, completed 09/10/2014.
    http://www.portagecenterforthearts.com/youthproduc...
  • Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White; adapted for the stage by Joseph Robinette. Directed by Xan S. Johnson. Playhouse Theatre, Overture Center, Madison, Wisconsin. Production photos (see URL). Performance, refereed, completed 10/20/2012.
    http://tomklingele.smugmug.com/Childrens-Theater-o...
  • Doors by Susan Zeder. Directed by Xan S. Johnson. Zona Gale Youth Theatre, Portage Center for the Arts, Portage, WI (Summer 2012). Intergenerational age appropriate casting. Added tour to public schools (Fall 2012). Tour designed as a Theatre-in-Education divorce intervention project offered to upper elementary grades 4, 5, and 6 and performed in the actual classroom with stop and go scenes, forum theatre audience participation techniques, and coordinated with school psychologists. Percentage of students reporting currently being from or from families currently in the process of separation or divorce: 45%. Production photos (See URL). Performance, refereed, completed 09/07/2012.
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  • Almost, Maine by John Cariani. Directed by Xan S. Johnson. Grandstreet Theatre, Helena, MT. (March 2012) See link for video clips (See URL). Performance, refereed, completed 03/08/2012.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cTgxmC4e4D8&context...
  • A Heart Divided by Cherie Bennett & Jeff Gottesfeld. Directed by Xan S. Johnson. Zona Gale Youth Theatre, Portage Center for the Arts, Portage, WI (Summer 2011). Intergenerational age appropriate casting. Part of the National Civic Project Commemorating the American Civil War Sesquicentennial. Exhibition, completed 09/08/2011.
  • Really Rosie by Maurice Sendak and music by Carole King. Babcock Theatre. Produced and co-directed with guest artist Heidi Hackney. UU THEATRE EDUCATION OUTREACH PROGRAM with Indian Hills Elementary, Salt Lake School District. (Spring Semester, 2011) Exhibition, completed 05/15/2011.
  • Almost, Maine by John Cariani. Studio Theatre season. Department of Theatre, U of Utah. (Fall Semester, 2010) SOLD OUT! Invited to perform at the Rio Theatre, Helper, UT. (Pending contract.) Check out the production photos link. Excellent. Performance, completed 11/2010.
    http://www.icewolfphotography.com/U-of-U-Departmen...
  • Lonely Whispers - a metaphor about tweens caught between loneliness and technology. Original script by Xan S. Johnson, Professor, Department of Theatre, University of Utah. Original choreography by Doris Trujillo, Professor, Department of Dance, Utah Valley University. UVU K-12 Teachers Conference Orem, UT. (September, 2010) Performance, completed 09/2010.
  • The Tempest by William Shakespeare. Education Outreach, University of Utah. Meg McGinley, Teacher, 5th Grade, Indian Hills Elementary, Salt Lake School District. (Spring Semester, 2010) Co-Directed with Sarah Jones Boe, former Youth Theatre Student, now a professional actor. Performance, completed 05/2010.
  • A WRINKLE IN TIME by Madeleine L’Engle. Adapted and directed by Xan S. Johnson. Zona Gale Youth Theatre, Portage Center for the Arts, Portage, WI (Summer 2009). Intergenerational age appropriate casting. Different adaptation created. Performance, completed 09/14/2009.
  • AIR GUITAR HIGH by Laura Schellhardt. Bonderman National Playwriting for Youth Finalist, March 2009. Workshop premiere, scene cuttings, directed by Xan S. Johnson. Portage Center for the Arts, Portage, WI (Summer 2009). Performance, completed 07/12/2009.
  • A WRINKLE IN TIME by Madeleine L’Engle. Adapted and directed by Xan S. Johnson. University of Utah Theatre Education Public School Outreach (5th graders). Babcock Theatre (May, 2009). Performance, completed 05/15/2009.
  • Stage Directing: The Arts Whisperer: The Next Generation scripted and directed by Xan S. Johnson and choreographed by Doris Trujillo. Commissioned by the USOE and the Utah Arts Council for the Utah K-6 Arts Networking Conference. Performed at the Ogden Eccles Conference Center and Peery's Egyptian Theater, Ogden, UT Other, completed 11/21/2008.
  • Stage Directing: Charlotte’s Web by E.B White. Directed by Xan S. Johnson. Equity Resident Theatre. First Stage Children’s Theatre, Milwaukee, WI (44 performances) Review in the Milwaukee Journal: http://www.jsonline.com/entertainment/arts/31383789.html Video clip: http://firststagechildrenstheater.blogspot.com/2008/10/charlottes-web-video-sneak-peek.html Other, completed 10/17/2008.
  • Stage Directing: Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White. Directed by Xan S. Johnson. Kingsbury Hall, Youth Theatre at the U Season (Spring, 2008). Other, completed 03/11/2008.

Research Equipment and Testing Expertise

  • Seeking partnership with colleague bringing Social Cognitive Neuroscience expertise. Anyone interested in theatre, social learning theory, meta-cognition development, and play sophistication as it connects to theory of mind and brain coupling? http://i-a-e.org/newsletters/IAE-Newsletter-2014-129.html Email: xan.s.johnson@utah.edu . Contact: Xan S. Johnson, Ph.D. , 801-581-4927 , Pioneer Memorial Theatre.