Innovative. Expressive. Risk-Taker.

Anna Mitchell Johnson is a recent alumnae of Hollins University in Roanoke, VA. She received a B.A. in Theatre Arts with honors in May 2021. During her time at the Hollins Theatre Institute, she worked on 27 productions, 22 of which she was the head Sound and/or Projection Designer. In 2021, Anna received The Kennedy Center National Award for Excellence in Sound Design and The Southeastern Theatre Conference Sound Design Award for her work on The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Beyond the collegiate level, she's also done professional work as a designer. For the past five years, she's served as the Sound Designer/Engineer for the Mill Mountain Theatre and Hollins Playwright’s Lab Winter Festival of New Works. In Fall 2021, she spent a semester working as a graduate assistant for the University of Memphis and designed their Fall mainstage shows. She's also done work with IATSE Local #69 in Memphis,TN before relocating to State College, PA. 

Anna's speciality in sound design lies with creating intricate QLab files that transform the atmosphere of any production to create a cohesive design that leads the actors and designers to understand the emotional depth of the text. Her life goal is to teach theatre artists to use QLab as a creative tool and to think about sound design as a method of engaging the audience with the environment and mood of the script. Through bold choices and hard work, she creates intricate, intentional, and innovative designs that breathe life into the natural rhythm of any play. 

Some Fun Facts About Anna:


  • During her final semester of college, she wrote an acoustic musical for her senior honors thesis titled Unconditionally: An Original Musical which was presented as a staged reading. 

  • If she had a nickel for every time she'd been cast in a show she was also designing, she'd have at least 5 nickels. 

  • If you listen closely, every one of Anna's designs has her voice featured in the design. In Shadow of the Sun, she's the voice of a bear and a wolf. In Curious Incident, she's the voice of the trains. In R&J&Z, she's one of the zombies.