Rhode Island
Profile Type: Artist
Christopher E. Johnson

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.

I Have Worked With

  • February 2017

    I have actually partnered with Firstworks on a number of different projects dating back to around 2002. The last partnership was with Bandaloop for PVDFest 2017. I walked down a 12 story building performing a poem I wrote 4 times, the largest crowd numbering around 5,000 people. 

  • May 2016

    Performa as a cast member of Everett Dance School and Stage's "Freedom Project"

    Work with Trinity Rep's summer youth program 

  • August 2014

    Co-Creator/Actor in "Freedom Project."  Writer/actor/dancer in a comprehensive production focused on raising questions around mass incarceration. 

  • Artist

Contact Information

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Mailing Address: 
267 Montgomery Ave
Providence, RI 02905
Physical Address: 
267 Montgomery Ave
Providence, RI 02905
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Profile Type: 
Primary Discipline: 
Literary Arts - Spoken Word
Additional Disciplines: 
Humanities - Cultural Heritage
Humanities - Philosophy
Literary Arts - General
Literary Arts- Fiction
Literary Arts - Non-Fiction
Literary Arts - Poetry
Literary Arts - Spoken Word
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Populations Served: 
General Public
Incarcerated (or Formerly Incarcerated) Individuals
People with Disabilities
School Groups
Veteran/Active Duty Military Personnel
Institution/Business Type: 
Artist (Individual)
Activities and Services: 
Art Sales
Artist Representation / Artist Management
Arts Criticism / Journalism
Arts for Social Change / Creative Activism
Arts Instruction / Lessons
Community Arts
Consulting - Curatorial Services
Creation of a Work of Art (Including Commissions)
Curriculum Development
Design Services
Residency - Community
Residency - In School
Residency - Production / Development
Residency - Other
Social Media Services
Geographic Reach: 
Multi-County Region
Multi-State Region

Affiliations and Accomplishments

I am on the following State Arts Agency Roster(s): 
Rhode Island Education Roster

I am a Touring Artist

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State of Residence: 
Rhode Island
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I am a Teaching Artist

Teaching Settings: 
Afterschool Program
Arts and Cultural Center / Venue
Community Site / Center
Corporate Business
Private Studio
School / University
Subject Areas: 
Arts Integration - Communications
Arts Integration - English Language / Literacy
Arts Integration - History and Social Science
Ages Served: 
Elementary School-age
Middle School-age
High School-age
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