David Johnson

David Johnson

Associate Professor - Dramatic Literature, Performance

David Johnson teaches theatre history and acting.  He is a director and an actor, having worked on numerous departmental and professional theatre productions and films, both nationally and internationally.  

He has served in the Peace Corps in Thailand and is an avid student of classical guitar.

Contact Me

(540) 231-5505
304 Henderson Hall (0141)
195 Alumni Mall
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Areas of Expertise

  • Dramatic Literature and Performance
  • Production/Research Areas: Director, Actor
  • Teaching Areas: Dramatic Literature, Acting, Comedy Styles
  • Study Abroad in Italy and at Riva

Education & Training

  • M.F.A., University of Hawaii
  • B.A., Valparaiso University

Something Unexpected:

I was one of those people very good at a few things, and very bad at a number of others.   I was looking to find my place in the world, and to find something I could do well.

In high school I found one thing I was good at in sports, I could sack quarterbacks. My joy in this new ability did not include a knowledge of protocol, so I didn’t understand how in practice one’s own quarterback is off limits. I was taught that lesson through a process called triple teaming which left me with a knee to remind me of the event to this day.

When do you first remember making the decision to go into the arts?  What were the circumstances?

Excluded now from athletic prowess, I was encouraged to try acting, and given the lead role in a very adult play, Arthur Miller’s All My Sons.   My memory of being behind the curtain before the play began also sticks with me to this day.   Compared to football - - in theatre I had all of the attention, none of the pain.

Who has most influenced you? Why?

Wally Kennedy, my high school drama teacher, made the biggest impact on my life of any teacher I’ve ever studied with, and perhaps of any person outside of my immediate family.

I’m still trying to live up to his example.   Still trying to be good at something.

Honors & Awards

  • Received an Alumni Award for Excellence in International Education 2013

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