Joel Drake Johnson
Joel Drake Johnson (Playwright) is a Chicago native and teacher who got his start as a writer at Chicago’s critically acclaimed Econo-Art Theater. Four Places, Before My Eyes, A Guide for the Perplexed(featuring Tony Nominee, Kevin Anderson and Jeff Award Winner, Francis Guinan) and The End of the Tour were first produced at Chicago’s Victory Gardens Theater under the direction of Sandy Shinner. Four Places was subsequently produced in LA by The Rogue Machine Theatre, where it garnered five Ovation Award nominations, four nominations from the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle, and a Garland Award. It has since been produced at numerous theatres throughout the United States and Germany. Most recently, Rasheeda Speaking premiered at the Rivendell Theatre Ensemble in Chicago and went on to a widely acclaimed production at the New Group, under the direction of Cynthia Nixon.