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Johnson to direct Mercyhurst Institute for Arts & Culture

Monday, March 14, 2016

Dr. Brett Johnson, assistant professor of English and director of the Mercyhurst Theatre Program, has been named interim director of the Mercyhurst Institute for Arts & Culture (MIAC), effective immediately.

In order to create a seamless transition, Johnson will work the next several months with former director Christine Olivier, who has accepted a job in New York after working for MIAC for four years.

In making the announcement, President Michael Victor said, “Brett’s appointment comes at a very exciting time for the arts at Mercyhurst as we prepare to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center. His background as a producer, director and educator positions him perfectly toward our commitment to arts and culture and the vital role they play at our university and the greater Erie region.”

In accepting the appointment, Johnson said, “I look forward to working with the Mercyhurst community and with our board members, artists, community partners and audiences in leading a great organization into its next stage.”

Johnson holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in theatre from the University of Missouri in Columbia and a B.A. in theatre from Susquehanna University. He teaches courses in acting, script analysis, theatre history, dramatic literature and theatre appreciation. His directing credits include productions of The Drowsy Chaperone, Clothes for a Summer Hotel, Cabaret, The Laramie Project, Urinetown: The Musical, EurydiceTwelfth Night, and multiple works by Missouri playwright Mary Barile, including The Irish Rogue, for which he received the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival award for Achievement in Directing.