Getting Lively, Lush & Local With: Jeremy Johnson

Who are you? Jeremy Johnson

What do you do? I’m a freelance director and teacher, occasional actor and the Member Services Manager at StageSource

Where are you from originally? New Jersey….NOT the shore

How long have you been working in Boston? Working? Ten.  Living? Fourteen

Why do you stay? After I graduated Emerson I said I would stay as long as I kept getting work.  I keep getting work and this is now more home than anywhere else.

What’s your earliest theatre memory? I was seven when I saw The Magician’s Nephew at a community theatre, a book I was obsessed with and couldn’t believe was happening in front of me.  A year later I was playing Edmund in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.  That was 24 years ago and I haven’t gotten sick of it yet.

What’s your first theatre memory in Boston? I went to see Tim Miller at The Theater Offensive when I was eighteen and had just moved here.  All I remember is thinking, “That man is taking his clothes off three feet away from me……That man now has no clothes on.”

What was your first job in theatre? I got paid a negligble amount of money to stain a giant wooden cistern for a production of Salome when I was fourteen.  It was summer, 90-something degrees, my hands were stained black and it took all day.  I was elated.

What’s the best meal you’ve ever had before a show? I can’t eat before a show.

What’s your favorite rehearsal snack? Well, it used to be cigarettes.  NOT ANYMORE!!

Do you eat before you go on stage or do you wait until after your performance to eat? After.

The Boston Theatre Conference is focusing on the lively, lush and local aspects of our theatre community. What do you think? This community has grown by leaps and bounds since I graduated college, with small companies blossoming into healthy mid-size companies and an exciting fringe scene that barely existed when I got here.  I am so inspired by the local artists around me and they push me to keep going and to stay here.

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