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Christine Toy Johnson is an award-winning playwright, actor, and filmmaker.
As a performer, she has appeared extensively on Broadway, off-Broadway, in regional theatres across the country, in film, television, and concerts worldwide for over 25 years. Highlights include the New York revivals of THE MUSIC MAN, MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG, PACIFIC OVERTURES, and FALSETTOLAND, the national tours of CATS, FLOWER DRUM SONG and BOMBAY DREAMS, and leading roles at theatres including the New York Shakespeare Festival, Williamstown, the Huntington, Yale Rep, The Denver Center Theatre Company, The Minnesota Opera and New York City Opera. Almost 100 television/film appearances include two years as "Lisa West" on ONE LIFE TO LIVE, SMASH, 666 PARK AVENUE, 30 ROCK, UGLY BETTY, THE BIG C, ROYAL PAINS, FRINGE, CROSSING JORDAN, NUNSENSE 1 and 2, and many episodes of various LAW AND ORDERS.

As a playwright, her first play, THE NEW DEAL, was the inaugural play to be developed in the "Different Voices" program at the Roundabout Theatre Company in NYC (2006) and was part of Wesleyan University's 2011 Playwriting Curriculum. Its prequel, PAPER SON, was in Diverse City Theatre Company's 2008 Green Room Reading Series and the Queens Theatre in the Park's 2009 Asian Heritage Festival, and is an ongoing part of the University of Michigan's Multi-cultural Drama curriculum as well as Wesleyan University's 2009 Playwriting curriculum. Other plays: INTERNAL BLEEDING (2012 Atlanta Black Theatre Festival, Crossroads Theatre Company 2010 "Genesis Festival", ReImagined World Entertainment's 2011 NYC Workshop starring Daryl "Chill" Mitchell), ADVENTURES OF A FAUX DESIGNER HANDBAG (developed with Leviathan Lab, and a part of Wesleyan University's 2011 Playwriting Curriculum), "EVER SEE A FAT CHINESE?" (produced by NYC's New Perspectives Theatre Company), TANFORAN (produced by NYC's Barrow Group Theatre Company, presented in Leviathan Lab's Asian American Female Playwrights 2011 Short Play Festival, and included in the 2011 International Art of Public Memory Conference), DO THESE GENES MAKE ME LOOK FAT? (commissioned by the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance), HALO HALO BIRTHDAY (commissioned by Leviathan Lab), PEACE PLAZA (Leviathan Lab "Dark Nights" Series), EMPRESS MEI LI LOTUS BLOSSOM (commissioned by Gorilla Rep) and WELCOME TO TELEVISION (for the Barrow Group Theatre Company). She is currently developing a play with dance, SECONDARY IMPACT, with Broadway choreographer JoAnn M. Hunter and writing book and lyrics to BARCELONA, with composer/lyricist Jason Ma. The Christine Toy Johnson Portfolio, a collection of her work, is included in the Library of Congress Asian Pacific American Performing Arts Collection.

Screenplays: NO WAVE WITHOUT WIND (with Charles Randolph-Wright), JUMPING THE THIRD RAIL, DULLY FOR PRESIDENT and OLD, FAT AND UGLY. Her short film about inadvertent discrimination, ALL AMERICAN EYES, (which she also starred in and produced) was the winner of the Audience Award at the Waves International Film Festival, and played the Hearts and Minds and New York International Film and Video Film Festivals.

Awarded three grants from the California Civil Liberties Public Education Program, Christine executive produced and co-directed a documentary film with her husband, filmmaker Bruce Johnson, about the first person of color to be drafted into what is now the NBA, Japanese American basketball star Wat Misaka, of the 1947 Knicks. TRANSCENDING � THE WAT MISAKA STORY received the "Gold Kahuna" Award from the Honolulu International Film Festival, the "Emerging Eye Directorial Discovery Award" from the Roving Eye Documentary Film Festival, was an official selection of the Rhode Island International Film Festival, the Carmel Art and Film Festival, RightsFest, the Chicago Asian American Showcase, the San Diego Asian Film Festival, and opened the Houston APA Film Festival.

An active advocate of diversity in the industry, she is an officer and board member of the Alliance For Inclusion in the Arts (which received a 2011 Tony Honor for Excellence in Theatre), and as part of the elected leadership of Actors' Equity Association, is co-chair of the union's Eastern Regional Equal Employment Opportunity Committee and a founding member of AAPAC (Asian American Performers Action Coalition). She was honored by the JACL (the nation's largest and oldest Asian American civil rights organization) in 2010 for "exemplary leadership and dedication" and by the Asian American Arts Alliance for Outstanding Service in the Arts, in 2012.

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Christine Toy Johnson STAGE CREDITS

[US Tour]
First National Tour, 2018
Diane & Others

Broadway Revival, 2000
Ethel Toffelmier [Replacement]

York Theatre Company Production, 1994


Broadway Revival, 1994
Patty Simcox [Replacement]

Original Off-Broadway Production, 1992

Broadway Transfer, 1989
Concubine (Understudy)

Lei-An (Understudy)

Na-Mi (Understudy)

Villager (Understudy)


Off-Broadway Revival, 1984

Proscenium Servant

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Industry Reading of FUSONG Will Be Held Today

Lawrence Walker will present a developmental reading of Fusong, a new musical with book and lyrics by Christine Toy Johnson and music by Cecilia Lin.

New Music FUSONG To Have Private Industry Reading This Month In NYC

Lawrence Walker will present a developmental reading of Fusong, a new musical with book and lyrics by Christine Toy Johnson and music by Cecilia Lin. Based on the novel, The Lost Daughter of Happiness, by acclaimed Chinese novelist and screenwriter Geling Yan, Fusong is directed and conceived by Gabriel Barre.

Photos: Inside Rehearsals For World Premiere Of Peregrine Teng Heard’s Redemption Story With The Associates Theater Ensemble

See exclusive first look photos inside rehearsals for the World Premiere of Peregrine Teng Heard’s Redemption Story with The Associates Theater Ensemble (Shannon Sindelar, Producer).

Christine Toy Johnson to Star in World Premiere of REDEMPTION STORY at A.R.T./New York Theatres

Tony and Obie Award honoree Christine Toy Johnson will lead the cast for the World Premiere of Peregrine Teng Heard’s Redemption Story with The Associates Theater Ensemble. Learn more about the show and see how to purchase tickets.

Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Lynn Ahrens and More Will Celebrate Women's History Month at 54 Below

54 BELOW will present Songs From Women At The Table on March 4, 2024 at 7:00 and 9:30pm. The 7:00pm performance will also be livestreamed.

Dramatists Guild Foundation Announces National Fellows Class

Dramatists Guild Foundation announces the National Fellows Class with Christine Toy Johnson and Bernardo Cubría as Chairs.

Trey Ellis, Rona Siddiqui, Anthony Fedorov & More to Join Goodspeed's 12th Annual JMF Writers Grove

Goodspeed Musicals has revealed the participants for the 12th annual Johnny Mercer Foundation Writers Grove at Goodspeed Musicals.

Christine Toy Johnson's Solo Show Will Benefit The Dramatists Guild Foundation And Entertainment Community Fund

Moongate Productions presents a performance of A LITTLE MORE BLUE, written and performed by award-winning writer/actor/advocate for inclusion Christine Toy Johnson on Sunday, January 14, 2024 at 3 pm at the Tateuchi Democracy Forum at the Japanese American National Museum.

Musical Theatre West Announces Selections For 2024 New Works Program

Musical Theatre West announces its selections for the 2024 New Works Program. Find out which shows made the cut!

Dramatists Guild Foundation Announces Recipients of the Catalyst Fellowship

Dramatists Guild Foundation announces the recipients of the Catalyst Fellowship in a new announcement.

Christine Toy Johnson to Present A LITTLE MORE BLUE at Riverside Theatre

Abingdon Theatre Company is partnering with Christine Toy Johnson’s A Little More Blue as part of their DMW Greer One Night Only Series

Lynn Nottage, Lauren Gunderson, Roger Q. Mason & More to Take Part in THE DRAMATISTS GUILD PRESENTS: TALKBACK Season 5

The Dramatists Guild of America will present season five of The Dramatists Guild Presents: TALKBACK.

Photos: On the Red Carpet at The Dramatists Guild Foundation 2023 Gala

The Dramatists Guild Foundation 2023 Gala took place last night, October 24. BroadwayWorld was there and you can check out all the photos here!

E. Clayton Cornelious, Anne Brummel and More Will Lead DAYBREAK Reading

Casting is set for the concert adaptation of the 2011 award winning musical, DAYBREAK. The show, inspired by real life events tells the story of two couples in two different time periods, both connected by The Golden Gate Bridge, a wonder of the modern world and notorious suicide destination.

Michael Mott & Friends Fourth Annual Holiday Show Returns To The Green Room 42

NYC singer/ songwriter and composer/ lyricist, Michael Mott returns to The Green Room 42 in New York City on Saturday, December 2nd at 7 pm for his fourth annual Holiday show. Learn more about the show and how to get tickets here!

DAYBREAK, A One Night Only Concert Directed By L Morgan Lee, to Play the Beechman in October

DAYBREAK is inspired by real-life events and tells the story of two couples in two different time periods, both connected by The Golden Gate Bridge, a wonder of the modern world and notorious suicide destination. Get performance information here!

Broadway Podcast Network BroadwayCon Events to Feature Danny Burstein, James Monroe Iglehart, and More

The Broadway Podcast Network (BPN) has announced the network's star-studded line-up of live podcast programming at BroadwayCon, July 21-23 at the Marriott Marquis hotel in Times Square. 

Christine Toy Johnson's THE SECRET WISDOM OF TREES & More Set for FST's Summer New Play Festival

Experience the latest and greatest in new theatre at FST's annual Summer New Play Festival. Discover the must-see productions and get your tickets now for a summer of cutting-edge theatre. Don't miss out on the hottest new plays at this highly anticipated festival.

Danny Burstein, Martyna Majok, Helen Park and More Join Dramatists Guild BroadwayCon Panels - Full Programming Set

Get exclusive access to Broadway legends Danny Burstein, Martyna Majok, Helen Park, and more as they share their insights and experiences in panels at BroadwayCon. Join in for an inside look at the world of theater and learn from the best in the industry.

Wake Up With BWW 7/11: MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG Extends Broadway Run, and More!

Top stories: Merrily We Roll Along extends Broadway run, check out photos from #Broadway Barks, Eva Noblezada to depart Hadestown, and more!


How many Broadway shows has Christine Toy Johnson been in?

Christine Toy Johnson has appeared on Broadway in 3 shows.

How many West End shows has Christine Toy Johnson been in?

Christine Toy Johnson has not appeared in the West End.

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