Christopher Johnson is an artist and educator based in Providence, RI. His passion for performance art began with winning numerous awards in poetry slam. Christopher’s spoken word poetry has been influenced by artists such as Yusuf Komunyakaa, Amiri Baraka, Sonya Sanchez, Nikki Giavanni, William Burroughs, Allen Ginsburg, Jack Kerouac, and Charles Bukowski. Over the years, his performances have grown to included storytelling, music, and dance. They have become theatrical experiences exploring issues such as race, incarceration, and mental illness.
Most recently, Christopher was a collaborator in the creation and performance of Freedom Project, a devised performance focusing on the affects of mass incarceration with Everett Dance School and Stage. His latest project, New and Dangerous Ideas, is Docu-Theater that tackles race and police violence and seeks to decriminalize race and humanize the police, with the goal to put everyone on the level of human. Christopher is currently working on two project, New and Dangerous Tv, which utilizes the same format as the play but gives voice to other demographics through workshops and agency; And TheNcredibull Revival, an interactive one man performance centered on artist activism, mental illness and stigma, based on the narrative of personal experience. In other words, community building and education are at the center of all of Christopher’s work. Expression is his activism.