Curriculum Vitae — Stephanie Anne Johnson


Additional Studies


University and Teaching Experience




Film, Video and Television

Membership, Professional Organizations


2008 Ph.D. Interdisciplinary Studies – Public Policy
Union Institute & University (in progress)

1999 Master of Fine Arts in Art - University of California at Berkeley
1994 Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies - San Francisco State University
1974 Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theater - Emerson College, Boston, Massachusetts

Additional Studies - Solar Energy / Global Development:

2004 Solar Living Institute, Hopland, California
2003 Berkeley Home Building School, California
2002 Diablo Valley College, Pleasant Hill, California
2001 Solar Energy International, Carbondale, Colorado
2000 Pacific Gas and Electric Design Education, San Francisco


Instructor of Sculpture, Installation, Performance Art and Public Art
California State University, Monterey Bay - Visual And Public Arts Institute
September 1995 to present.

Associate Professor (tenured) of Sculpture, Installation, Public Art and Service Learning

Spring 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009

Fall 2005, 2006, 2007

Acting Director
Visual and Public Art Institute
Spring 2002, Spring 2004

Assistant Professor
Fall 2005 – Spring 2006

Fall 1994 – Spring 2005

Teacher of Installation and Performance Art
Martin Luther King Grammar School, Sausalito, California: February, 1996 - May, 1996
Creation of art and performance projects with 5th and 6th graders.

Teacher of Theater and Performance
California Women's Correctional Institution, Pleasanton: 1978-1980
Massachusetts Women's Correctional Facility, Framingham: 1974 - 1976

Apprentice to master model-maker, Noel Gregorian. Tasks included building scale model trees, buildings from plexiglass, cardboard and foam core.
1983 -1985 Modelmakers, San Francisco, California

Lighting and Slide Designer
Theater, Dance, Concert, Special Event: 1974 to present

Gaffer, Electrician
Film, Video: 1983 to present

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University and Teaching Experience

California State University, Monterey Bay - Visual And Public Arts Institute
Courses taught :

  • Diverse Histories In Contemporary Art
  • Pro Seminar for V.P.A. Majors
  • Senior Capstone Class
  • Installation Art and Performance
  • Advanced Sculpture
  • Community Research Service Learning

California State University, Monterey Bay - Campus wide service contributions:

  • Creative Expression University Learning Requirement Committee (FY 1999-2000)
  • Human Communications Department Hiring Committee (FY 1999 - 2001)
  • Visual and Public Art Program -Hiring Committee Chairperson (FY 1999 - 2001)
  • World Theater - Lighting Designer / Consultant (FY 1998 - present)

Guest Lecturer / Instructor:


California Institute of Integral Studies Creative Inquiry artists’ panel


San Francisco Art Institute, Summer Institute
The Art of Teaching


New College, San Francisco
Art History and Inspiration
Social Justice, Service Learning and Art History


University of California, Berkeley
The Teaching Profession

2000 California College of Arts and Crafts - Instructor
Beyond The Studio: Time, Light and Culture As Tools
1999 Washington State University - Lecturer
Art As Social Action: Dismissing Mythology, Dismantling Hierarchy
1997 San Francisco State University - Lecturer
1997 Rancho Santiago College, Santa Ana, California - Lecturer
Light and Narrative
1996 - 98 University of California Extension, S.F. - Cinema Studies Department
A Hand-On Approach To Principles Of Lighting for Film
1996, 1993 University Of California, Berkeley - Lecturer
Mixed Media Sculptures and Installations
1995 California College Of Arts & Crafts, Oakland - Photography Department
The Use of Slide Projection and Light In Art Installations
1995 Spelman College, Atlanta, Georgia - Lecturer
The Use of Autobiographical Narrative in Art Installations
1992 California College of Arts & Crafts, Oakland - Film Department - Lecturer
Principles of Lighting For Film
1992 University of California Extension, Berkeley - Cinema Studies Department
Principles of Lighting For Film
1991 San Francisco State University - Women's Studies Department - Lecturer
Art As Empowerment For Women of Color
1986 Theater School, Amsterdam, Holland - Instructor
Basic Stage Lighting For Actors
1985 - 86 De Melkweg, Amsterdam, Holland - Instructor
Basic Stage Lighting

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Discussion Panelist:


S.F. Public Library
Black Artists’ Expressions of Father


California College of Arts and Crafts
Translations: A Service Based Approach to Art and Social Justice


San Francisco Art Institute
Insider Outsider Salon Series


The College Art Association, Los Angeles, California

San Francisco Art Institute (with Elena Featherston) - Lecturer
Insider Outsider Salon Series
The College Art Association, Los Angeles, California
Art Program Assessment; A Case Study -
CSUMB's Visual & Public Art Program
Spelman College, Atlanta, Georgia
Artist's panel for Bearing Witness exhibit
High Museum, Atlanta, Georgia
Public Art
Yerba Buena Art Center, San Francisco, CA
Strategies for African American Film Workers

Grant Review Panelist / Board of Trustees/Commissions:


Berkeley Civic Arts Commissioner
Currently Vice-Chair, Chair Education Subcommittee

Noodle Factory Artists live work space, Oakland – Review Panelist

CEC Arts Link international grants, N.Y. – Review Panelist


S.F. Arts Commission public art projects - Review Panelist


Headlands Center For the Arts – Board of Trustees
Trustee Development Committee
Program Committee

Berkeley Civic Arts public art commissions – Review Panelist
Headlands Center For The Arts - Program Committee
Berkeley Civic Arts Review Panel - Public Art Commissions
San Francisco Art Commission
Individual Artist Commissions - Visual, Media & Literary Arts
City of Oakland, Cultural Affairs
Pubic Art Commissions Review Panel - Visual Art


1999 Margaret Calder Hayes Prize - U.C. Berkeley and Berkeley Art Museum
1999 Wallace Gerbode Fellowship (Resident Scenographer for Cultural Odyssey, S.F.)
1995 Headlands Center For The Arts, Sausalito, CA - (11 month studio residency)
1992 New Langton Arts, San Francisco, CA
1982 National Endowment Fellowship in Design
1979 Money For Women Fund


2006 Afro Solo, S.F.
2005 The Intersection, San Francisco
2002 Saint Lawrence University, Canton, New York
M.H. deYoung Museum, San Francisco
Richmond Art Center, California
The Arts Festival of Atlanta, Georgia
Intersection For The Arts, San Francisco
Institute For Design & Experimental Art, Sacramento, California
Richmond Art Center, California
1991 Public Art Program, City of Oakland, California

Solo Exhibitions:

2006 Center For African American Life & Culture, Sargent Johnson Gallery, S.F.
2002 Saint Lawrence University, Canton, New York
1999 Interdisciplinary Design Institute Gallery -
Washington State University, Spokane Washington
1998 The Lab, San Francisco (Two person exhibit with Gale Jesi )
1996 The Richmond Art Center, California
1995 Historic Oakland Cemetery, Atlanta, Georgia
1994 S.F. African American Historical & Cultural Society, San Francisco, CA
1993 I.D.E.A. Artspace, Sacramento, CA
1993 Ohana Gallery, Oakland, California
1992 Bayview Opera House, San Francisco, CA
1991 Southern Pacific Railroad Station, Oakland, CA
1990 First Unitarian Church, Oakland, California
1990 St. Paul of The Shipwreck Church, San Francisco, California

Group Exhibitions:

2008 Theatre Artaud Gallery, San Francisco

The Art of Living Black, Richmond, CA
ARTwork Gallery, San Francisco


South of Market Cultural Center, S.F.
Theater Artaud Gallery, San Francisco
Stone Dreams Studio, Oakland
San Francisco Public Library
Berkeley Art Center, California

2004 Richmond Art Center
2003 Berkeley Art Center
2000 The Jewish Museum San Francisco
1999-00 M.H. deYoung Memorial Museum, San Francisco, California (catalog)
1999 Washington State University Museum of Art, Pullman, Washington
1999 Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston, South Carolina
1999 Edwin A. Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita, Kansas
1999 Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Maine
1999 Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Texas
1999 Berkeley Art Museum, California (catalog)
1998 Polk Museum Of Art, Lakeland, Florida
1998 The Columbus Museum, Columbus, Georgia
1998 The African American Museum, Dallas, Texas
1998 Minnesota Museum of American Art, St. Paul, Minnesota
1997 Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Indiana
1997 Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland, Florida
1997 Euphrats Museum, De Anza College, Cupertino, CA
1997 Southern Exposure Gallery ( off site locations), San Francisco, CA
1996 Spelman College Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia (catalog)
1996 Falkirk Art Center, San Rafael, California
1995 Fort Mason - Pier 1, San Francisco, California
1994 California College of Arts & Crafts, Oakland
1994 ProArts Gallery, Oakland, California
1994 Berkeley Art Center, California (catalog)
1993 Yerba Buena Center For The Arts, San Francisco (Inaugural exhibition, catalog)
1993 San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery (catalog)
1993 Richmond Art Center, California
1992 Bayview Opera House, San Francisco, California
1992 San Mateo County Arts Commission, California
1992 Herbst Pavilion, San Francisco, California
1991 Institute For Design and Contemporary Art / Brockman Gallery, Sacramento
1991 Santa Cruz Art League, California
1989 Sargent Johnson Gallery, San Francisco, California
1983 Studio W, San Francisco, California

Special Exhibitions - Art:

Bearing Witness: Contemporary Works By Twenty Five African American Women The Camille Hanks Cosby Academic Center Gallery
Spelman College, Atlanta, Georgia
( By invitation, two mixed media sculptures were created for this show which toured from 1996-1999. Catalog by Rizzoli publishers.)
Black Men Die of Rage, Black Women Die of Sorrow, I Ain't Goin' Out Like That
Culture On The Corner, San Francisco
(An installation using seven shop windows on Filmore Street.)
LightEscapes - A Celebration of Bay Area Light Artists
San Francisco, CA
"South Africa / The Bronx " & "D.M. High School 1970"
(Two slide montage pieces projected on buildings)

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Skin Deep: Women Writing on Color, Culture and Identity
Edited by Elena Featherston
The Crossing Press, California 1994
(Artist's statement and manifesto included.)

aleph, beth - Art / Philosophie / Litterature ( In French )
Edited by Nimrod Bena
Paris, France 1997
(Artist's statement, photos and selected reviews presented in the second issue of this arts and culture journal.)

Saint James' Guide To Black Artists
Thomas Riggs, Editor
(Included in this extensive resource guide are an artist's biography and introduction written by Dr. Jontyle Theresa Robinson, curator of the exhibition,
Bearing Witness.)

Art Bibliography

Berk, Amy, World Sculpture News, Forever On The Move: S.F. Bay Area Overview
Winter, 2000

Farris, Phoebe, Camerawork, Racializing Gender: Women Photographers from the Seventies to the Millenium
Fall / Winter, 1999

Amber Moore, The Daily Evergreen, "Artist-In-Residence 'bears witness'"
September, 1999

Brandt, Joshua, The Jewish Bulletin, "Tzedakah box takes on New Dimensions in
San Francisco Exhibit"
November, 1999

Terry Cohn, Artweek, "Light As Medium" ( cover image and articles)
October, 1998

Joe Heim, West County Times, "Men and Women At Work"
August 1, 1996

Marin Scope, "Bayside / MLK Students Express Feelings About Local Community"
May, 1996

John Moses, Marin Independent Journal, "Bayside / MLK Stage Their Thoughts"
May, 1996

Valerie Boyd, The Atlanta Journal / Constitution, "Nine With Shared Legacy Lend Voices to 'We Speak'"
September, 1995

Anthony Torres, Artweek, "Stephanie Johnson's 'Underground Railroad' at Intersection For The Arts",
January, 1995

Meredith Tromble, Artweek, "A Conversation With Ann Chamberlain and Stephanie Johnson, Artists",
July, 1994

Julianne Malveaux, The Sun Reporter " Stephanie Anne Johnson, A Life: Light and Works"
April, 1994

Yumi Wilson, S.F. Chronicle, "Art Exhibit Reflects Immigrants' Suffering",
March, 1994

Bill Berkson, Art In America, "Report From San Francisco" ,
June 1993

Chiori Santiago, The Express, "East Meets West",
December, 1993

Jeff Kelley, Artweek, "A Show Of Qualities",
November, 1993

Victoria Dalkey, The Sacramento Bee, "On Death, Friends and A Child's Sorrow",
October, 1993

Sheila Muto, Asianweek, "Black Artist Bridges The Gap With Asians"
April, 1993

Chiori Santiago, The Oakland Tribune, "Main Street",
January, 1993

Jacqueline Ginley, The Contra Costa Times, "Telling the Tale of A City",
January, 1993

Terry Cohn, Visions, "Advanced Placements",
Summer, 1992

Architectural Lighting Magazine, "Johnson's Art Binds Ties At 16th Street",
April, 1992

Steve Rubenstein, The San Francisco Chronicle, "Flickering Lights and A Lonesome Whistle",
November, 1991

Bill O'Brien, The Express, "Rail Art Show Plays Old Depot"
December, 1991

John R. Wilkins, The Daily Californian, "All Aboard"
November, 1991

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The Practice of Public Art
Toward a Liberatory and Celebratory System of Teaching Public Art
Edited by Cameron Cartier and Shelly Willis
Routledge Press, 2008

Faculty Focus: CSUMB, Spring 2004
A Teaching Manifesto

The Otter Realm CSUMB, Fall 2000
Service Learning In Courses for the Visual and Public Art program

aleph, beth - Art / Philosophie / Litterature ( in French )
Edited by Nimrod Bena
Paris, France 1997

Inclusion in Publications
Saint James’ Guide To Black Artists
Thomas Riggs, Editor

THEATRE *Reviewed shows

Most Recent Work:

2008 Come Home – by Jovelyn Richards, The Marsh - San Francisco
Cariño – Anne Blunthenthal & Dancers - Theatre Artaud – San Francisco
2007 Sister Comrade: Celebration of Audre Lourde and Pat Parker
Lysistrada – S.F. African American Shakespeare Company
SF International Arts Festival: Compagnie Li-Sangha, Robert Moses Kin, Dimensions Dance Theater

Lighting Design

Directing / Scenography / Dramaturgy:

*The Women At The Tomb by Michel DeGhelderode ,
Berkeley Civic Club, and The Scottish Rites Temple, Oakland
(Director, scenographer. Also wrote and performed the prologue, a dialogue between the director and playwright.)


The Bakkhai - HERE Theater, New York - September 2001

*Nosferatu - Prithvi Theater, Bombay, India - November, 2000
HERE Theater, New York - May, 2000
Telluride Repertory Theater, Colorado - July, 2000
The University of Paris, Jussieu campus - 1996

From Sorrow To Joy: The Legacy of Paul Robeson and Mei Lanfang
Zellerbach Playhouse, Berkeley, California - May, 2000
Walker Art Center, Minnesota - June, 2000

Afro Solo - Resident lighting Designer (1996-present)

*Medea - Telluride Repertory Theater, Colorado

*Seven Guitars - Arizona Theater Company, Tucson & Phoenix productions

*Fear And Misery of The Third Reich - Lunes De Mai Theater Co. - Paris, France

Fences - Oregon Shakespeare Festival - Portland, Oregon

Steel Magnolias - Theaterworks - Palo Alto, California

The Blacks - Soeterijn Theater, Amsterdam, Holland


*Idris Ackamoor, Rhodessa Jones, Bill T. Jones - Theater Artaud - S. F., CA

*Anne Bluenthenthal and Dancers - (Resident L. D., 1990 - 1997) S.F., CA

*Dimensions Dance Theater - (Resident L. D., 1989 - present) Oakland, CA


*The Kingdom - De Engelenbak Theater - Amsterdam, Holland

La Boheme - Berkeley Opera Company, California

Musical Theater:

La Cage Aux Folles - Diablo Valley Light Opera Co .- California

*Jesus Christ Superstar - Arena Theater Company - Gent, Belgium

Fashion Shows:

Ignacio Peri Designer's Showcase - Paramount Theater - Oakland, California

Classic Options Showcase - San Francisco, California

Benefits / Community Productions:

Winnie Mandela & South African Sisters Celebration - Berkeley, California

MacDonald's Annual Gospel Contest (1990 -1994) - Oakland, California

Celebrate The Children of Resistance - Middle East Children's Alliance

Love Heals : Danny Glover, Alice Walker - Calvin Simmons Theater, Oakland


DeeDee Bridgewater - The World Theater, Seaside, California

Richie Havens and Pete Seegar - Berkeley Community Theater

Redwood Records Resident Lighting Designer 1990 -96. ( Artists presented included Laura Nyro, Bernice Johnson Reagon, Ani DiFranco, Linda Tillery)


*Fear And Misery of The Third Reich - Lunes De Mai Theater Co. -
Paris, France and Los Angeles Playhouse, California

Lollapalooza Concert Tour - (Lighting Director, computer tent), U. S. & Canada

Dance Black America - Brooklyn Academy of Music, Apollo Theater & Midwest

*Nosferatu - Prithvi Theater, Bombay, India - November, 2000
HERE Theater, New York - May, 2000
Telluride Repertory Theater, Colorado - July, 2000
The University of Paris, Jussieu campus - 1996

From Sorrow To Joy: The Legacy of Paul Robeson and Mei Lanfang
Zellerbach Playhouse, Berkeley, California - May, 2000
Walker Art Center, Minnesota - June, 2000

Slide Design:

Nosferatu - Bombay, New York, Paris

Zulu Harmony In Concert - Theater Artaud- San Francisco, California

*Anne Bluenthenthal Dance Company - San Francisco, California

The Colored Museum - Oakland Ensemble Theater, California

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Imagining Medea: Rhodessa Jones and Theater for Incarcerated Women
By Rena Fraden
The University Of North Carolina Press, 2001
Photos of design work taken by S. Johnson

Special Exhibitions - Theater:

1998 Underground - A dance / theater performance by Dimensions Dance Theater,
Alice Arts Center Theater, Oakland.
(Set pieces, light sculptures ,lighting and slide design created by commission.)
1995 Onstage: A Century Of African American Stage Design
Lincoln Center Arts Library, New York
( Photos of lighting designs from national & international productions shown.)
1994 Excavations - Anne Bluenthenthal and Dancers
Cowell Theater, San Francisco
(An art installation and slides were created for this dance performance.)

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Theater Reviews

Arindam Ghatak, Pune Newsline, India- The Vampyre Strikes Back
November, 2000:

"Nosferatu, the Vampyre was a bilingual theatrical experience which conveyed the story between good and evil with a chorus in Hindi, fluid movements and the effective use of light."

Francine Russo, The Village Voice, New York - Victim's Rites
June, 2000:

"The staging scores, though, with its technical effects: François Tomsu's chiaroscuro costumes and dazzling set projections, Andy Grondahl's ghoulish makeup, Stephanie Johnson's sensuous lighting......" "The tableau created by the large, talented cast are knockouts:........a white gowned maiden carried on the shoulders of ghouls into an amber lit church".

Susan Viebrock, Telluride Daily Planet - Beautiful But Deadly: Rep/Migliaccio's 'Medea' Offers Thrill and Chills"
July, 1999:

"Tomsu and Johnson transformed the Telluride Town Park stage into a contemporary version of a Greek amphitheater, splendid in its austerity, glowing with a warm nertherworld light, saturated by sepia tones suggesting the past and blues for a prevailing social sadness. Johnson lights the escalating horror with yellowish reds and in the final terrifying moment, a definitive hellish red."

John H. Doyle, Wassup Doyle Arts and Entertainment News - The Women At The Tomb
September, 1998:

"Noted Bay Area artist and lighting designer, Stephanie Johnson, has mounted an entertaining and daring conceptual production of The Women At The Tomb written by Belgian playwright Michel De Ghelderode in 1928.....(The Prologue) was both informative and entertaining. Stephanie and René Migiliaccio (playing the playwright) worked well together...Their timing was sharp.....

Wanda Sabir, San Francisco Bayview - Underground
February, 1998:

"The dancers interplay with the four slave blocks changed visual artist Stephanie Johnson's stark set into a forest, slave quarters, the Jennings plantation or a tunnel....
Dancers holding lit pyramid, dispersed into the audience, inviting people to join them on stage."

Park LaBrea News / Beverly Press - Fear and Misery of The Third Reich
November, 1997:

"The livid red lighting in the opening and closing scenes exaggerate the hollows and cavities of the parade of the condemned......"

Margaret Regan, Tucson Weekly - Sweet Sorrow 'Seven Guitars'....
April, 1997:

The fine urban street set……..gets a lovely light treatment by Stephanie A. Johnson: This city dead end glows by turns with the rosy optimism of dawn and the sweet melancholy of twilight.

Allan Ulrich, S. F. Examiner - Bluenthenthal Celebrates 10 Years of Choreography May 13, 1994:

"The sequence begins with Stephanie Johnson (who is also the excellent lighting designer) dressed in martial arts garb and brandishing two fearsome sticks".

San Jose Mercury News - Sentiment Doesn't Sap Dramas of Dignity
January 18, 1994:

"....takes on magical properties when Stephanie A. Johnson flecks it with starlight or uses a flashlight and a compact mirror to bounce wil-o'-the-wisps off it."

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Film, Video, Television

Streamed Video:

Ready 2 Net - A series of lecture discussions televised and streamed.
California State University Monterey Bay
Lighting Director


Warrior Marks - Alice Walker and Pratiba Parmar
Gaffer (California locations)

Columbus On Trial - Lourdes Portillo

The Five Heartbeats - Robert Townsend, Hollywood, California


American Telephone and Telegraph - Cross Country Video, Albany, CA
Gaffer ( Telecommunications Conference)

Pacific Gas and Electric - Francee Covington Productions, San Francisco

Music Videos:

MC Hammer, "Please Hammer Don't Hurt Them" - Fragile Films, Los Angeles

Two Nice Girls - Colossal Studios, San Francisco, California


Alice Walker, Visions of the Spirit - Reel Directions, San Francisco

The Martin Luther King Papers Project - Naked Eye Productions, S.F.

Streamed Media:

Ready 2 Net
California State Monterey Bay
(A series of streamed discussions on education for television and the internet.)


The Story of Mothers and Daughters - ABC film

Rescue 911 - "Unwanted Intruder" & "Plaster Torso" segments

America's Most Wanted - "Teddy Unterreiner" segment

Membership - Professional Organizations:

  • College Art Association
  • American Association of Museums
  • International Association of Theatrical & Stage Employees (IATSE #16), S.F. (journeyman 1985-2008)
  • International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD), New York (1983-2008)
  • Solar Cookers International

References, reviews, slides, videotapes and additional materials available upon request.

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