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Johanna Day BIO

Broadway: How I Learned to Drive, The Nap, Sweat (Tony nomination), You Can’t Take It With You, August: Osage County, Lombardi, Proof (Tony nomination). Theatre: Floyd’s (Guthrie), Peace for Mary Francis (New Group), Peter and Jerry (Second Stage—Drama Desk nomination) Appropriate (Signature—Obie Award, The Lilly Award), Poor Behavior (Mark Taper), Realistic Joneses (Yale), Choice (Huntington), The Rainmaker (Arena Stage—Helen Hayes Award), How I Learned to Drive (original cast, Vineyard). Television: “Madam Secretary” (5 years recurring), “For Life,” “New Amsterdam,” “The Blacklist,” “Escape at Dannemora,” “The Knick,” “The Americans,” “Masters of Sex,” “Alpha House,” “Royal Pains.” Film: What is Life Worth, The Post, Great Gilley Hopkins, How Far She Went, The Breatharian.

Johanna Day Photos


Manhattan Theatre Club Broadway Premiere, 2022
Female Greek Chorus

Manhattan Theatre Club Original Broadway Production, 2018
Stella Spokes

The New Group World Premeire, 2018

Original Broadway Production, 2017

New York Premiere at the Public Theater, 2016

Broadway Revival, 2014
Mrs. Kirby

Signature Theatre Company Production, 2014

Vineyard Theatre Production, 2010

Female Doctor


StageFARM Production, 2010

Woman with Pram (Four Benches) / Lady Friend (Debate)





Broadway Transfer, 2000



Female Greek Chorus


Big Jane

Johanna Day Movies

[2000]Unbreakable Saleswoman

[2015]True Story Beth Tickler

[2015]The Great Gilly Hopkins Principal Maynard

[2015]Train Baby The Nurse

[2017]The Post Ann Buchwald

[2020]Save Yourselves! Judy

[2020]Worth Ruth

Johanna Day TV Shows

For Life Andrea Kayser

Judging Amy Susie McCarty Lowe, Susie McCarty

Law & Order Judge Nancy Roth

Madam Secretary Admiral Ellen Hill

The Knick Eunice Showalter

Johanna Day Videos

Johanna Day News

Eric Berryman, Johanna Day & More Join SCENE PARTNERS World Premiere at Vineyard Theatre

Discover the latest additions to the cast of 'Scene Partners' at the Vineyard Theatre. Learn more about the exciting world premiere production and stay up-to-date with the latest news.

Bill Irwin and Jacob Ming-Trent to Join Eden Espinosa & More at WTF Cabaret

Don't miss the incredible lineup featuring Bill Irwin and Jacob Ming-Trent, joining Eden Espinosa and more at the highly anticipated WTF Cabaret. Prepare to be amazed by the extraordinary performances and talent on display.

Eden Espinosa, Alison Pill, Asmeret Ghebremichael & More Join Williamstown Theatre Festival Programming

Williamstown Theatre Festival has revealed the lineup for the WTF Cabaret, a cabaret series curated in partnership with Tony Award nominee and Festival mainstay Christopher Fitzgerald. See who is starring and learn how to purchase tickets!

Amber Iman, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Annie Golden & More to be Featured in Williamstown Theatre Festival Readings

Amber Iman, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Annie Golden and more will be featured in Williamstown Theatre Festival's Fridays@3 reading series.

Felicity Huffman & William H. Macy to Star in THE GUYS at Theatre Aspen

Emmy Award winners Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy will star in Theatre Aspen’s production of Anne Nelson’s The Guys. Learn how to purchase tickets!

Tony Shalhoub & Johanna Day Will Lead Reading of Rob Sedgwick's PLEASE LEAVE

Rob Sedgwick and Tony Award-Winning Actor Anthony Crivello have announced that they will present a private industry reading of Mr. Sedgwick's new play Please Leave. Directed by Bob Balaban, the reading will feature Emmy and Tony Award-Winning actor Tony Shalhoub, David Rasche, Clark Johnson, and Tony Award-Nominee Johanna Day. 

Interview: Heather Alicia Simms Chats About the Premiere of DES MOINES

Des Moines is the final play written by the late Denis Johnson, a legendary author, and playwright, and recently opened at Polonsky Shakespeare Center in Brooklyn. We spoke with Heather Alicia Simms, who plays Mrs. Drinkwater, about what it's like to be in this show, the challenges that came up, and why it's important that this play is out right now.

DES MOINES Starring Michael Shannon & More Extends at TFANA

Theatre for a New Audience has announced the extension of the Off-Broadway premiere of Denis Johnson’s Des Moines. The final play from the late author now runs through January 8, 2023 (extended from an original closing date of January 1).

Review Roundup: DES MOINES Opens Off-Broadway!

Critics have weighed in on DES MOINES, written by the late Denis Johnson and directed by Arin Arbus. The play, starring Michael Shannon, Hari Nef, Johanna Day, and more, opened December 16th at Theatre For A New Audience and runs through January 1st.

DES MOINES Starring Michael Shannon & More Announces New Preview & Opening Dates

Theatre for a New Audience has announced new preview, press, and opening dates for Denis Johnson’s Des Moines. Due to the detection of Covid within the Des Moines company, performances November 29 – December 3 have been canceled, with the production now beginning December 4.

Preview Performances of DES MOINES at Theatre for a New Audience Rescheduled to Due Covid

Due to Covid cases within the company, Theatre for a New Audience is canceling five preview performances of the Off-Broadway premiere of iconic American writer Denis Johnson's Des Moines, directed by Arin Arbus and featuring Johanna Day, Arliss Howard, Hari Nef, Michael Shannon, and Heather Alicia Simms.

Michael Shannon, Johanna Day, Hari Nef & More to Star in DES MOINES Off-Broadway Premiere at TFANA

Theatre for a New Audience will present Denis Johnson’s Des Moines, the final play from the late author, and the first play by Johnson TFANA has staged, November 29, 2022–January 1, 2023, at Polonsky Shakespeare Center.

DreamWrights Center For Community Arts Presents THE 39 STEPS

DreamWrights Center for Community Arts presents the thrilling and hysterical who-dun-it mystery comedy The 39 Steps. On stage for just one weekend, opening on October 28th through the 30th - this is one Halloween treat not to pass on.

Theatre Aspen Announces Solo Flights Project Advancement Fund Recipients

Theatre Aspen (Jed Bernstein, Producing Director) announced that Avaaz by Michael Shayan and Sally: A Solo Play by Sandra Seaton have received grants from the Solo Flights Project Advancement Fund. Each playwright, whose work was just presented at the 2022 Solo Flights Festival, will receive a $10,000 grant to support their piece's further development.

Theatre Aspen Grant Program Established to Support Solo Flights Festival

Theatre Aspen announced that, beginning this season, $10,000 grants will be awarded to two of the Solo Flights selections, to support their further development, underwritten by Rachel and Rick Klausner.

Vineyard Theatre Announces 40th Anniversary Season Featuring Three World Premieres

Vineyard Theatre has announced the company’s upcoming 40th Anniversary Season which will include three world-premiere productions. Kicking off the season will be David Cale’s Sandra, which reunites Cale and director Leigh Silverman following the acclaimed Harry Clarke, which premiered at the Vineyard in 2017.

Colt Coeur to Present World Premiere of Kareem Fahmy's DODI & DIANA in October

Colt Coeur will present the World Premiere of Dodi & Diana, by Kareem Fahmy. Commissioned by Colt Coeur and directed by Adrienne Campbell-Holt (Eureka Day), Dodi & Diana begins previews on October 1, 2022, for a strictly limited engagement through October 29, 2022, at HERE.

Vineyard Theatre Resumes Performances Of LESSONS IN SURVIVAL: 1971 With Reggie D. White

Vineyard Theatre has announced that Lessons in Survival: 1971 will resume performances on Wednesday, June 15 with Reggie D. White temporarily stepping into the role of James Baldwin. White is a co-conceiver of the show as one of the members of The Commissary and the Vineyard Theatre's 2022-2023 Colman Domingo Award recipient. 

Vineyard Theatre Cancels Weekend Performances of LESSONS IN SURVIVAL: 1971

Due to positive COVID test results within the company, Vineyard Theatre has cancelled performances of Lessons in Survival: 1971 through Sunday, June 12. Ticket holders for impacted performances (June 10-12) will be contacted by phone and email regarding rebooking and next steps.

HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE Filmed by The Theatre on Film and Tape Archive of New York Public Library

Manhattan Theatre Club’s Broadway premiere of the Pulitzer Prize-winning How I Learned to Drive was filmed last week by the Theatre on Film and Tape Archive of New York Public Library. The production is now in its final week of performances and will end its extended run on Sunday, June 12 at MTC’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street).


Johanna Day's next show will be How I Learned to Drive which opens on 4/19/2022 on Broadway.

Johanna Day has appeared on Broadway in 5 shows.

Johanna Day has not appeared in the West End

Johanna Day has been nominated for several awards throughout her career. She has received Special Achievement Awards (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for her role in "How I Learned to Drive," as well as a Distinguished Performance Award (Drama League Awards) for "Sweat." Day was also nominated for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play (Outer Critics Circle Awards) and Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play (The Lortels) for her performance in "Sweat." Additionally, she received a nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play (Tony Awards) for "Sweat." Other nominations include Outstanding Lead Actress, Resident Play (Helen Hayes Awards) for "Good People," Performance (Obie Awards) for "Appropriate," Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play (Drama Desk Awards) for "Peter and Jerry," Outstanding Lead Actress, Resident Play (Helen Hayes Awards) for "The Rainmaker," Outstanding Featured Actress (The Lortels) for "Proof," and Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play (Tony Awards) for "Proof."

Johanna Day has won several awards throughout her career. She received Special Achievement Awards from the Outer Critics Circle Awards for her performance in "How I Learned to Drive." She also won a Performance award from the Obie Awards for her role in "Appropriate." Additionally, Day was honored with the Outstanding Lead Actress, Resident Play award at the Helen Hayes Awards for her performance in "The Rainmaker."

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