Black Acting Methods: Critical Approaches

I am a chapter contributor to this exciting new book: Black Acting Methods: Critical Approaches. This work seeks to offer alternatives to the Euro-American performance styles that many actors find themselves working with. This ground-breaking collection is an essential resource for teachers, students, actors and directors seeking to reclaim, reaffirm or even redefine the role and contributions of Black culture in theatre arts.

Kashi Johnson
Act Like You Know: Towards a Digital Record of Hip Hop Theatre

They say if you want to tell your story, the best way to do it is to tell it yourself. Over the past year, I’ve done exactly that by gathering and organizing over 10 years worth of student devised Hip Hop theatre video performances, newspaper articles, and images that document my work in Hip Hop theatre.

Kashi Johnson
Lehigh Alumn has Role in "Roots" Retelling

Threatt said he decided to come back to Lehigh in 2011 to finish his degree. He took a three-credit tax accounting course that he needed and, having done some modeling and acting, enrolled in some theatre courses. The latter, he said, “opened up something that was different in me.”

Kashi Johnson
Department of Theatre Premiers "Gem of the Ocean"

Playing the role of Aunt Ester has been a tremendously gratifying experience full of challenges and rewards,” says Johnson. “Over the last couple of months I've had to dig deep to discover what it means to embody such a prominent character with conviction and authenticity. Playing the role of a 285-year-old matriarch is both physically and vocally demanding. 

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The Most Human Experience

If they’re willing to follow me, I’ll introduce them to the transformational power of hip-hop and the exciting ways it can inspire them to celebrate who they are,” says Kashi Johnson ’93 of the students in her course, “Act Like You Know: Hip-Hop Theatre.”

Kashi Johnson
Theatre: Act Like You Know

“My connection to hip-hop is very strong because it helped me find my footing personally and gave me the confidence to recognize that what I have to say matters. Hip Hop is my first love and theater is my passion, so it was no brainer to try and marry these two interests together”

Kashi Johnson
Finding Their Voice

“A lot of people are looking forward to going through the process of going from feeling like they want to be shy and holding the wall to finally coming center stage and claiming it as theirs. They’re not sure how they’re going to get there—neither am I!—but we’ll get there. We always do,” said Johnson.

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'Lombardi' star shines in return to Lehigh

Riley never intended to be an actor when he was recruited to play football for Lehigh in 1998. He was an accounting major who loved the game. He took Intro to Acting on a whim, thinking it might be a fun course. It was Johnson who saw his potential and encouraged him to sign up for a play.

Kashi Johnson
Lehigh to Host Say Word! Hip-Hop Theatre Festival

Lehigh’s theatre department will host the university’s first hip hop theatre festival beginning in mid-September and running through the end of the month. The event, which officially kicks off on Monday, Sept. 18th, will combine world-renowned hip hop artists and Lehigh students in performances that include spoken word, emceeing, break dance, beat box, dramatic performance and more.

Kashi Johnson
Hip-Hop course builds performance muscle

With the start of the Spring ’06 semester, hip hop became more than an art form, a culture, an attitude, or a state of mind – it’s now a class at Lehigh featuring the performances of undergraduate students from disciplines that span the university. 

Kashi Johnson