Dr. Johnson's primary research interests include stage directing, acting pedagogy, American musical theatre historiography, and Tennessee Williams, and his scholarship has appeared in such publications as Theatre Journal, Theatre History Studies, Ecumenica, and The Grove Dictionary of American Music.
Dr. 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, theatre history, dramatic literature, and theatre appreciation. Dr. Johnson’s directing credits include productions of Clothes for a Summer Hotel, Cabaret, The Laramie Project, Urinetown: The Musical, Eurydice, Twelfth 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. Dr. Johnson is also the director of the Mercyhurst Theatre Program and serves as faculty advisor for the Mercyhurst Theatre Club.