Innovative. Expressive. Risk-Taker.
Anna M. Johnson is a senior technical theatre major and film production minor at Hollins University in Roanoke, VA. She is expected to graduate with honors in May 2021. During her time with the Hollins Theatre Institute, she has worked on 27 productions, 17 of which she has been a Sound Designer/Engineer or a Projections Designer/Engineer. She's worked with several companies including Mill Mountain Theatre, the Hollins Playwright's Lab, the Berkshire Theatre Group, LSU Swine Theatre, Halestone Dance Company, and Kingsley Pines Camp. She's been involved with 7 shows that have been presented at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (Region IV.) She's a recent KCACTF National Finalist and SETC Sound Design Competition Winner for her work on The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (2020.)
At Hollins University, she's taken advantage of every opportunity that's comes her way. The students in the theatre department are encouraged to be theatre generalists. Because of this philosophy, Anna possess a firm understanding of most positions and is able to use those skills to better collaborate with the ensemble. She's learned scenic painting techniques, played a lead in a main stage musical, and even dabbled in playwriting. These experiences have made her knowledge of theatre well rounded and suited for communicating with the entire production staff.
When she's not in rehearsal or in class, she works full-time as a Print & Marketing Associate at Staples. Through this job, she's sharpened her graphic design skills in Adobe Photoshop and Canva. Her work at Staples has heightened her knowledge of printers and computers in addition to strengthening her ability to multi-task.
During her final semester of college, she wrote an acoustic musical for her senior honors thesis titled Unconditionally which was recently presented as as a staged reading. She sound designed and performed as Rosalie Hartson in the Hollins Theatre Institute's Zoom production of Decision Height. She also sound designed for the Spotlight Reading Series Zoom production of Fefu & Her Friends. She's a regular singer/songwriter performer at Missouri S&T's No Shame Theatre. During tech rehearsals, her Great Pyrenees puppy, Darcy, can usually be found sleeping under her chair.