Stephanie Anne Johnson
Artist and Lighting Designer
Lighting designer Stephanie A. Johnson, who is also a college professor, sculptor and acclaimed painter, is an artist who has worked with Jill Togawa since 1998. Stephanie uses her installations and mixed media sculptures as a way to preserve and honor the history of Africans. She uses large-scale slide projections in settings such as railroad stations, churches, cemeteries and galleries. In a lighting design career that spans 32 years, her lighting design work has been seen nationally and in India, The Netherlands, Italy and Belgium.
For Stephanie, her work with Purple Moon as a lesbian and woman of color can be summed up in her own words: “This is the only venue as a lighting designer in which I can work with other lesbians of color and women of color. It has been extremely rare in my 32 years as a designer that I can bring all of who I am to a theater experience and feel safe, supported and nurtured. The existence of Purple Moon and the opportunity it provides in a multifaceted way for lesbians of color is rare. During this time of political strife and upheaval when the forces of conservative thought and social systems are reinstating policies of exclusion, Purple Moon's continuance and growth is an island of peace and cross-cultural creative expression.” Ms. Johnson’s visual art and design work can be seen on her website: www.lightessencedesign.com