Black Acting Methods: Critical Approaches
My latest directing project for the Department of Theatre at Lehigh University. It was a strong show. Funny, compelling and a definite audience pleaser. Phenomenal cast and production team. I'm very proud of this play and the collaborative artistry of all the people who made it happen.
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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.
Act Like You Know: Towards a Digital Record of Hip Hop Theatre
Lehigh University faculty and Deans give Snapchat a whirl.
Professor Kashi Johnson’s student finish Lehigh University’s Summer Scholar Institute with a Spoken Word Performance
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.
Lehigh Alumn has Role in "Roots" Retelling
Curtain Call. Professor Kashi Johnson’s student finish Lehigh University’s Summer Scholar Institute with a spoken word performance.
Department of Theatre Premiers "Gem of the Ocean"
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.”
The Most Human Experience
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.
Scenes from the Hip Hop Collective
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.”
Act Like You Know Hip-Hop Class Takes the Stage for Final Performance
Redsun Productions presents The HipHopCollective at Lehigh University. Come experience what happens when Hip Hop and performance collide!
Theatre: Act Like You Know
For Johnson, who has been teaching and creating the original coursework since 2006, Act Like You Know is a combination of her passion for hip-hop and theater, where students use the expressive elements of the music and explore culture with thoughts of being on stage.
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“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”
Finding Their Voice
Once a local art form found on the streets of New York City’s West Bronx, hip-hop has evolved into an international form of artistic inspiration.
40 Years of Women at Lehigh - Kashi Johnson '93
“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.
'Lombardi' star shines in return to Lehigh
"For the first time, there were stories being told by artists who looked like me, performing in regional and national venues that hadn’t traditionally supported this style of theatre. It spoke to me. I felt empowered.”
Facebook Use Is Mandatory For Class At Lehigh-U
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.
Lehigh to Host Say Word! Hip-Hop Theatre Festival
"I didn't know how well everybody in the class was going to respond to it," said student David Quinones. But with the technology right at their finger tips, the must-do was easy to do."
Hip-Hop course builds performance muscle
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.
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.