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Toronto: Marcia Johnson accorded the 2022 Equity Showcase Cayle Chernin Woman of the Year Award

Friday, February 25, 2022

It is our honour and pleasure to present Marcia Johnson with the 2022 Equity Showcase Cayle Woman of the Year Award.

The Equity Showcase Cayle Woman of the Year Award acknowledges and honours a female artist’s creative, civic or mentorship contribution to the performing and or media arts.

Marcia Johnson is a theatre artist in Toronto. Serving Elizabeth, in which she also acted, had its world premiere at Western Canada Theatre (co-produced with Thousand Islands Playhouse) in February 2020 and published by Scirocco Drama.

Her 5-minute play A Magical Place written for Zoom is available as part of the National Transformations Project produced by the National Arts Centre and Stratford Festival. She directed the two-hander starring Kaleb Alexander and Amaka Umeh.

Marcia has participated in playwrights’ groups at Thousand Islands Playhouse, Obsidian Theatre Company, Theatre Passe Muraille as well as Ontario Arts Council Playwrights’ Residencies at Blyth Festival and Roseneath Theatre. She also participated in Tapestry New Opera’s Composer-Librettist Laboratory twice. Her training also includes a musical theatre workshop with William Finn at Canadian Stage Company and the Siminovitch Prize Playwriting Master Class with Carole Frechette. Marcia collaborated with Stephen Taylor on Paradises Lost (opera), based on the Ursula K. Le Guin novella for the University of Illinois.

Marcia Johnson is a core member of Got Your Back Canada; a juror and dramaturge for Ergo Pink Fest; co-founder of the CASA (Canada/South Africa) mentorship award and a member of the senior advisory board of Women Playwrights International.

We are honoured. Marcia's accomplishments, care and nurturing for the performing arts community through the years deserve acknowledgment.

Congratulations Marcia and thank you for the grace, love and joy you bring to the community.

Photo: Marcia Johnson. © 2019 Joanna Haughton.