Photo by  Joe Mazza

Photo by Joe Mazza

Chloe Johnston is a writer, director, and teacher in Chicago and an Associate Professor of Theater at Lake Forest College. Her original plays and performances have been called "lively and affecting" by the Chicago Tribune, "inspired" by the Chicago Sun-Times , and "moving, engaging, thought-provoking" by Time Out Chicago. Her solo work has been featured in the Chicago Tribune. With Coya Paz Brownrigg, she is the co-author of Ensemble-Made Chicago: A Guide to Devised Theater, published by Northwestern University Press.

Chloe has been an ensemble member of The Neo-Futurists since 2001, writing and performing in their late-night cult show, Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind, in Chicago, New York, Washington D.C. and around the country. As a performer, director, teacher, and dramaturg she has worked with theatres throughout Chicago, including Steppenwolf, The Goodman, Lookingglass, About Face, Curious Theatre and CollaborAction. She was the dramaturg for the world premiere production of E. Patrick Johnson’s Sweet TeaShe has served as assistant director to Tony Award-winning director Mary Zimmerman and renowned playwright and actress Regina Taylor. Chloe is also a founding member of The Laboratory for the Development of Substitute Materials, a performance collective that blends literature, science, and architecture. She is co-author of 44 Plays for 44 Presidents, published by Playscripts Inc., which has been performed around the world. She served as the education coordinator for the 2012 Plays for Presidents Festival, in addition to directing the inaugural production. She is currently at work on a follow-up, 45 Plays for America’s First Ladies, which was workshopped as part of Berkeley Rep Theatre’s Ground Floor Summer Residency Lab.

Chloe earned an AB in Art History from the University of Chicago and a PhD in Performance Studies from Northwestern University. Her articles have been published in Liminalities, Theatre TopicsPerformance Research, Theatre Journal and TDR, and she has presented her work at conferences including Performance Studies International, American Studies Association, National Communications Association, the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, and the American Society for Theatre Research. She was a fellow of the Digital Chicago: Unearthing History and Culture project at Lake Forest College, and a recipient of the Dunn Award for Outstanding Teaching and Scholarly Promise. At Northwestern, she was the recipient of the Breen Prize, the Lilla P. Heston Award, a grant from the Center for Interdisciplinary Research in the Arts, and served as teaching affiliate with the Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities. She has been invited to give talks and conduct workshops at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Franklin and Marshall College, Northwestern University, and the University at Buffalo. She has designed and taught classes at Northwestern, the University of Chicago, and Lake Forest College, in addition to teaching solo-performance workshops around the country.

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