Eric Vaughn Johnson
Eric Vaughn Johnson (Artistic Director) is an award winning director based in downtown Rochester. Mr. Johnson has been involved with countless theatre productions both on and off-stage and has been described as having “a rich history of theatrical and musical experience” (West Side News). He serves as the Business Manager and Program Director of Rochester Association of the Performing Arts (RAPA) designing all educational programs for students throughout the school year as well as leading RAPA’s new intensive Summer Stock program. Mr. Johnson also designs the RAPA Family Theatre and Youth Theatre seasons as well as directs several of the productions throughout the year.
Additionally, Mr. Johnson is the Executive Director of OFC Creations, a group that features LGBT themed productions as fundraisers for Broadway Cares Equity Fights Aids. Through OFC Creations, Mr. Johnson will be bringing the world-wide entertainer, Miss Richfield 1981, to make her Rochester debut in 2018 at the Kodak Center. Mr. Johnson also serves as the President of the Greece Performing Arts Society (GPAS) as he takes the organization into a “Next Chapter” branding initiative. After one year as President, Mr. Johnson was recently described as leading “the 300-person performing membership… in an artistic and financial renaissance,” (Monroe Post).
Mr. Johnson also teaches theatre arts in several local schools including Seton Catholic School, Pittsford Middle School, and Penfield Harris Hill. In Greece, he served for four years as the Artistic Director of SNAP Musical Theatre, a brand new summer program working with 80-students in each production. Mr. Johnson teaches private acting lessons to a select few young artists throughout the year and mentors inspiring young directors.
Mr. Johnson is most well-known for the professional musical productions he directs at the Kodak Center. Most recently, he has directed West Side Story, Mary Poppins, Miracle on 34th Street, Spring Awakening, the first Rochester production of Sister Act, the Upstate New York premiere of It’s Only A Play, the regional tour of A Year with Frog and Toad, and many more. Mr. Johnson also starred as Ladahlord, the musical narrator, in James and the Giant Peach at the 2015 Rochester Fringe Festival and most recently as Frank N. Furter in The Rocky Horror Show.
Mr. Johnson believes strongly in community partnerships. In 2014 he partnered with Facing Race, Embracing Equity for a benefit production of The Wiz at the Rochester Science Museum. In 2015 he brought RAPA and the Rochester Latino Theatre Company together to produce the first Rochester production of In the Heights for seven sold-out performances. In 2017, Mr. Johnson brought the re-opened Greece Theatre Company and Greece Choral Society together to produce the regional premiere of Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame at the Lyric Theatre. Mr. Johnson will be seen next in William Fichtner’s feature film “Cold Brook.”