Performer Biography

C. Nicholas Johnson

Artistic Director

Professor and Director of Dance at Wichita State University, Nick earned his MFA degree in Dance/Drama at the University of Arizona, training with Douglas Nielsen, Jory Hancock, Melissa Lowe and John Wilson. He trained in New York City with dancers Frank Hatchett, Richard Levi, and Ronnie DeMarco and Polish Mime Director Stefan Niedzialkowski. Johnson has dedicated his professional career to the fusion of mime and dance in artistic production and training. Johnson is a founding member and one of the Artistic Directors for the School for Mime Theatre, a summer residency program based at Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio, where he has taught for the last 30 years. He has worked with and created choreography for Marcel Marceau, and continues to create both mime and dance doing freelance choreography, directing, teaching and performing. Johnson received a 1998 Kansas Arts Commission Fellowship for his multi-disciplinary vision. In April 2003, he created and directed the multi-disciplinary production of Cinderella for the Dance Program and annually creates multi-disciplinary children’s physical theatre productions for the artist-in–residence program at the Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center, Cave Creek, Arizona. Some of these productions include The Nutcracker, Alice in the Desert, A Midsummer’s Nightmare, Once Upon a Planet, Cinderella, Don Quixote, and The Odyssey. As Artistic Director of The Alithea Mime Theatre, a professional company in residence at Wichita State University, Johnson and Alithea have toured to the International Mime Art Festival, Warsaw, Poland, in 1999 and 2000, the First International Mime and Physical Theatre Festival in the Caribbean, San Juan, Puerto Rico, in May 2001, and the China Shanghai International Arts Festival 2004. Alithea performed at the United Nations in August 2006. Alithea recently performed at the International Mime Art Festival in Warsaw, August 2009. Johnson is also an Artistic Director for the Wichita Contemporary Dance Theatre, the student touring company from the Dance Program. WCDT has toured to Arizona, Arkansas, Kansas and performed in three cities in Taiwan, China, May 2008. In 2010, Johnson wrote and directed The Wiyos of Oz, an original multidisciplinary collaboration with the live music of the Wiyos, film and choreography of Sabrina Vasquez and Denise Celestin.