Christine Toy Johnson

Lecturer, Acting

CHRISTINE TOY JOHNSON is an award-winning actor, writer, director, and advocate for inclusion. 

As a performer, she has been breaking the color barrier in non-traditionally cast roles for over 30 years, and has been featured extensively on Broadway, off-Broadway, in regional theatres across the country, in film, television, and concerts worldwide. Highlights include the New York revivals of THE MUSIC MAN, MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG, PACIFIC OVERTURES, and FALSETTOLAND and GREASE!, the national tours of CATS, FLOWER DRUM SONG and BOMBAY DREAMS, and other leading roles at some of the most well-respected theatres across the country including the Guthrie, New York Shakespeare Festival, the Mint Theatre, the Williamstown Theatre Festival, the Huntington Theatre, Milwaukee Rep, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Syracuse Stage, The Denver Center Theatre Company, The Minnesota Opera and New York City Opera. Nearly 100 film and television appearances include recurring roles on THE AMERICANS and LAW AND ORDER: SVU, MADAM SECRETARY, MR. ROBOT, UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT, MOZART IN THE JUNGLE, THE BLACKLIST, SMASH, 666PARK AVENUE, 30 ROCK, UGLY BETTY, THE BIG C, FRINGE, ROYAL PAINS, CROSSING JORDAN, many episodes in the LAW AND ORDER franchise, and two years as “Lisa West” on ONE LIFE TO LIVE.

The Library of Congress included an anthology of her written work into the Asian Pacific American Performing Arts Collection in 2010. Her plays and musicals include Till Soon, Anne (book and lyrics with composer Bobby Cronin, developed in residencies at the O’Neill Theater Center), The New Deal (part of “Different Voices” at Roundabout Theatre Company), The Secret Wisdom of Trees (featured in Indie Theater Now’s 2017 Plays & Playwrights Anthology), Barcelona (book and lyrics with composer/lyricist Jason Ma, developed at the Weston Playhouse, CAP21, and Village Theatre), Guilty Until Proven Innocent (in development), Truth Against the World: The Life and Loves of Frank Lloyd Wright (developed in residency at the O’Neill Theater Center), and Diary of a Domestic Goddess (with Kevin Duda). Her screenplay Jumping the Third Rail won a Meryl Streep/IRIS Writing Lab fellowship in 2016.

An avid advocate of inclusion, Christine has been a member of the elected leadership of Actors’ Equity Association since 1992, serving as National Chair of the union’s Equal Employment Opportunity Committee. She has also been a member of the elected leadership of the Dramatists Guild since 2016 and serves as the National chair of the Guild’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee. She is a founding member of AAPAC (Asian American Performers Action Coalition) and founder of The Asian American Composers & Lyricists Project. She was honored by the JACL (the nation’s largest and oldest Asian American civil rights organization) in 2010 for “exemplary leadership and dedication”, the “Wai Look Award for Service in the Arts” from the Asian American Arts Alliance in 2012, and the Rosetta LeNoire Award for “outstanding contributions to the universality of the human spirit” from Actors’ Equity Association, in 2013. Christine is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and the Certificate of Screenwriting Program at NYU, and is an alumna of the BMI Musical Theatre Writing Workshop.