John Johnson is a Storyteller, Poet, and Playwright. He is a native Washingtonian and the founder of Verbal Gymnastics Theater Company. John holds a B.A in theater from the University of the District of Columbia and uses his background in theater to create a unique interactive experience when writing and performing. He has worked as a drama therapist with a partnership with the Districts Youth Services Center. Some of John’s early career accolades include being a published author of a book of poetry called “Love for Her”. He has written and produced six plays that reflect and celebrate the culture of his native city Washington DC. He has also been a three-time Artist Fellow of the DC Arts Commission. Other honors include participation in “Sounds of the Underground” DC HIP HOP Theatre festival one act plays. His most recent contribution is to a radio project at American University WAMU 88.5 in conjunction with the Association of Independent Radio called “Anacostia Unmapped” which captures the narratives of local residents in rapidly changing communities “East of the River” in Washington D.C. John has been recently exploring an innovative form of theatre/storytelling called Playback Theatre, which is used to engage the community in valuable conversations using art.