Meet the Staff: David Johnston

Executive & Artistic Director

Artistic Director of MAPA since 1992, David has more than 30 years experience directing professional, educational and children’s theatre productions. He taught theatre workshops and has been an acting coach and directing consultant for the last 25 years. In addition, he worked as an acting instructor at the University of Oregon and Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon. His creative work has included associations with the Northwest Shakespeare Ensemble, New City Theatre, Essential Theatre Alliance, University of Oregon, Augustana College, Lane Community College and Circa 21 Dinner Theatre, where he founded the children’s theatre and touring company. Mr. Johnston received his MFA in Theatre/Directing from the University of Oregon and his BA in Speech and Theatre from Augustana College with special studies in Theatre Management and Directing at the University of Minnesota. Some of David’s Hawai’i directing credits include Theophilus North, Next to Normal, Les Miserables, Wit, Tartuffe-Born Again, Twelfth Night, The Boys Next Door, Damien, The Grapes of Wrath, Jesus Christ Superstar (with Keali’i Reichel).

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