Justin Johnson
Instructor, Musical Theatre
Voice + opera + musical theatre

Justin Johnson is a full-time instructor and director supporting the musical theatre program at the University of Colorado Boulder College of Music. He has been involved in over 70 productions—either as an actor, production manager or director. Some of his most recent directing gigs include “Avenue Q,” “Poltergeist,” “Urinetown,” “The ThreePenny Opera,” “Mamma Mia!” and “The Drowsy Chaperone.” His favorite performing credits include Patsy in “Spamalot,” Paul in “Barefoot in the Park,” Greg in “Sylvia,” Wadsworth in “Clue,” Lenny in “Rumors,” Selznick in “Moonlight and Magnolias” and The Scarecrow in “The Wizard of Oz.”

Johnson recently wrote and facilitated a program to train applied theatre practitioners that premiered at Bosch Bahá’í School in California and brought the same applied theatre work to the 2019 Newkind Festival in Tasmania, Australia. He leveraged this work as a foundation to build his own theatre company—Radiant Hearts Theatre—which focuses on theatre for social change. Johnson has facilitated his theatre for social change workshops all over the country, including Colorado, Georgia, Michigan, Oregon and Illinois. He has also participated in Playback Theatre performances, including the National Diversity and Inclusion Conference in Virginia. 

Johnson won a 2018 Meritorious Acting Achievement Award from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival for his performance in “The Comedy of Errors” and earned a spot in the 2019 Colorado Shakespeare Festival as a company member in “Charles III.”

Johnson earned a master’s degree in theatre and performance studies at our Department of Theatre & Dance.

Musical theatre