Cultivated by Yvonne A.K. Johnson
About the Director
Yvonne A.K. Johnson is the CEO of Johnson Theatrical Management based in New Jersey and New York City. Her talent base extends from artists performing on Broadway, the West End, television, feature films, commercials and regionally across the country. Previously, she was Executive Artistic Director for the national award – winning Spokane Civic Theatre and Company Director and Producer of the national award-winning CLIMB Theatre, Inc. in Minnesota’s Twin Cities.
She holds several advanced theatre degrees including a B.A. for Carthage College in Speech, Communications and Theatre, an M.A. in Contemporary Theatre Practice from the University of Essex in Colchester, England, and an M.F.A. in Directing from Minnesota State University.
Theatre in Education
Johnson has continually been an advocate for Theatre in Education throughout her career. She has been instrumental in founding two Academy programs for youth grades K-12 at Carroll College in Waukesha, Wisconsin and establishing the Spokane Civic Theatre Academy in Spokane, Washington.
Over the past 23 years, she has taught theatre classes and directed over 120 productions for various schools, universities, community, and professional theatres throughout the United States and United Kingdom.
“Yvonne has taught me so much about Musical Theatre. She has helped me build my confidence to make new, interesting choices on stage. She’s helped me realize that I want to do theatre for the rest of my life and she’s given me the tools to pursue my dreams.”
“Yvonne has made an incredible impact on my training, my career and myself. She is consistently a positive influence on my life and my work. She pays attention to detail, works hard and always keeps your best interest in mind. I wouldn’t be where I am today without her help and support.”
“Yvonne has been critical to my success in the theatre and I can honestly say I would not be where I am today without her superb management.
Taking me from small-town amateur to a national union professional, she has guided me every step of the way. Her wealth of knowledge is a rare combination of both artistic expertise fused with business savvy. Her caring and personal style makes working with her a pleasure while she also is never afraid to tell me “like it is” – keeping me focused and accountable to my craft. I find myself continually inspired by her indomitable spirit, her commitment to excellence and her artistic vision.
Yvonne has been and still is more than a manager: she is both mentor and friend. Any artist would be privileged to work with her.”
Yvonne AK Johnson has been instrumental in shaping the career of Sophia Anne Caruso. Yvonne began working with Sophia at the age of 9 she has been her coach, professional mentor, and sounding board. Yvonne guided Sophia through numerous Broadway auditions and final call backs. She has assisted with song, monologue selections and preparation from Sophia’s youth to teenage years keeping us ever-changing to be competitive in this business. We have consulted with her from everything to wardrobe and hairstyles to social media presence. Yvonne’s knowledge and talent have enabled my daughter to grow into the performer she is today.
“I met Yvonne when she cast me in the lead role of Next to Normal and it was one of the best theater experiences I have had.
I will always cherish the time with Yvonne because she made me feel like I could do anything. She went above and beyond to help me and my family prepare for our auditions for a Broadway National tour and she was a lifesaver getting me to and from my callback in NYC. Yvonne is a brilliant director and business woman and would give everything she could to help young and old in anyway she can. I feel very lucky to call her a friend. Thank you so much for helping me these past few years. I would not be where I am today without you.”