Department of English

University of Toronto

Johnson, Stephen

Stephen Johnson
Professor of English & Drama; Director of the Centre for Study of Drama; Undergraduate Instructor (UTM)
Office Phone: 416-978-7980
Office Location: 214 College Street 
Office Hours and/or Leave Status: TBA 

University of Guelph (BA), University of Toronto (MA), New York University (PhD).

Stephen Johnson is a Full Professor in the Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies. He has taught theatre history and performance theory, cinema studies, dramatic literature, and performance studies, as well as acting and directing, at the University of Guelph, McMaster University, the University of Toronto Mississauga, and the Drama Centre.

He has published widely on 19th and early 20th century performance, with articles in The Drama Review, Canadian Theatre Review, Theatre Topics and Nineteenth Century Theatre, as well as Theatre Research in Canada / Recherches théâtrales au Canada, which he (co)edited for ten years. See

He is president of the Canadian Association for Theatre Research / Association canadienne de la recherche théâtrale, a member of the Canadian Federation of the Humanities and Social Sciences. See

The Tyranny of Documents: the Performing Arts Historian as Film Noir Detective (TLA, 2011), as editor, which includes forty essays on historiography and microhistory. See  

Burnt Cork: Origins and Traditions of Blackface Minstrelsy (UMassPress, 2013), part of a larger project on blackface minstrelsy that is ongoing.

His website and database on minstrelsy can be found The Juba Project, See

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