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Lynn-Steven Johanson holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Directing from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and he has been employed by Western Illinois University since 1989. He has worked with Edward Albee at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago and has directed over fifty productions in theatres and universities throughout the Midwest. In 1996, he began redefining himself as a playwright, and he has been writing plays ever since. Lynn is a past president of the Mid-America Theatre Conference and the founder of its Playwriting Symposium, a Network Playwright with Chicago Dramatists, and a member of the Dramatists Guild of America.
His plays have won the Snowdance Comedy Festival, the Nantucket Short Play Festival, the Pend Oreille Playhouse One-act Play Festival, the Old Opera House Theatre's New Voices Play Festival, and the East Valley Children’s Theatre Playwriting Contest, and he is a recipient of an AriZoni Theatre Award of Excellence for Best Original Play. His plays have been produced by the Turnip Theatre, American Globe Theatre, Makor Theatre, the Short Play Lab, Senses Askew, and Love Creek Productions in New York; the City Playhouse, the Attic Theatre, CAST Players, and First Stage in Los Angeles; and numerous other theatres throughout the country.