Philip Earl Johnson

Presenting: Conflict and Story: Exploring the Actor as Storyteller

In this class you are an actor and a storyteller. Be prepared to deliver a personal story, lasting no more than one minute. The personal story can be humorous or serious, must be something that happened to the person telling it, and be written down in advance. Please be ready to both read the story and then tell the story off book. We will discuss the different ways we might approach the story and how this process applies to the art of acting.

Previous Presentation: The well-rounded actor/actress

Creating your character’s story: verbally, emotionally, physically, balancing being authentic and present in your own performance, being part of the “bigger picture” of the production, and being aware of how it is landing on the audience.  Very interactive.

Philip most recently appeared at The Goodman Theatre, where he appeared as Autolycus in THE WINTERS TALE as well as AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE, Talking Pictures, The Actor and Brutality of Fact. 

Chicago Credits include ON CLOVER ROAD and The Columnist at American Blues Theatre where he is an ensemble member; A Christmas Story at The Paramount Theatre; Danny Casolaro Died For You at TimeLine Theatre Company; The Dance of Death and Old Glory at Writers Theatre; The Royale and The Big Meal (Jeff Award for Best Ensemble) at American Theatre Company; Tartuffe, Skylight, James Joyce’s The Dead and The Mystery Cycle at Court Theatre; Picasso at the Lapin Agile at Steppenwolf Theatre Company and The Conquest of The South Pole at Famous Door Theatre.

He was in the first national tour of Angels in America: Millenium Approaches and Perestroika, launching at The Royal George Theatre. He spent 10 seasons at the Illinois Shakespeare Festival appearing in many productions including the title roles in Macbeth, Cyrano De Bergerac, Coriolanus and Antony and Cleopatra. Other regional credits include A Moon for The Misbegotten at Laguna Playhouse and Just Men at The Stella Adler Theatre.

Recent television credits include Proven Innocent, Empire, Chicago Med, Chicago Fire and Mind Games. Film: THE OUT OF TOWNERS and THRILL RIDE.

He has played at The Bristol Renaissance Faire for 27 years, and tours the country with his European-style clown act, as MooNiE: Juggler, Ropewalker, Foolish Mortal! He has performed this show for 30 years and given over 8200 performances across the country. His new show To Flop or Not To Flop, a comedy memoir show, premiered last year at The Illinois Shakespeare Festival. He is represented by Paonessa Talent in Chicago.

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