Rasean Davonte Johnson
is a video artist and designer of projections for theatre, film, and installations. While starting at a young age in the performing arts with 10 years in the martial arts, a tenor in the school choir, and acting, he also was nurturing his other talents in his continual exploration of the fine arts. During his time at the Ohio State University he had an opportunity to explore film making and broadcast television in a multitude of role from on screen talent to sound mixer. Some short narratives that were developed include The Unwakened, Purple Heart, and The Price of Pride which was an official selection of the 2008 Columbus International Film Festival. After the constant dragging of his younger brother to be in his short films during his time at the Ohio State University, he started to explore the integration of moving image for the stage. After which he moved to Chicago to further his exploration through design, live video performance, and site specific installation work. He received his MFA from the Yale School of Drama in Design as a student in the projection program, and has lectured and taught at Yale University, Syracuse University, Boston University, The Theatre School at Depaul, and the Ohio State University.
His credits include Farewell My Concubine at the Ningbo Grand Theatre; direction and choreography by Yin Mei Mitchell, The Magic Negro and Other Blackity Blackness with Alliance Theatre; direction Anthony Leblanc, The Stone Witch with Berkshire Theatre Group; direction by Steve Zuckerman, Cymbeline at the Yale Repertory Theatre; direction by Evan Yionoulis, A Disappearing Number with Timeline Theatre Company; direction by Nick Bowling, columbinus at American Theater Company; direction by PJ Paparrelli, and Angels in America: Millennium Approaches and Perestroika at Court Theatre; direction by Charles Newell as a projection designer. In his time at the School of Drama he had the opportunity to design projections for The Master and Margarita, The Skin of Our Teeth, The Troublesome Reign of King John, Deer and the Lovers, Preston Montfort, and the Children. Other credits include the Yale Cabaret where he designed projections for Trouble in Tahiti, Roberto Zucco, The Untitled Project, Zero Scenario, Solo Bach, Muzeum, The Brothers Size, and We Fight We Die, and sets for 50:13. He was also resident projection designer for the 2015 Summer Cabaret, designing projections for Midsummer, love holds a lamp in this little room, and The Life and Death of Doctor Faustus.
In addition to design for theatre he has also worked on several installations including personal works such as Living Sculpture as part of LUX: Ideas through Light at the Beinecke Rare Books Library, and Juniper Ascending at Yale University, and collaborative works including The Ballad of Lula Del Ray 2.0 with Manual Cinema at the Logan Arts Center, and Convergence: A mad tea pARTy at the Yale Art Gallery, and Passenger featured at the University of Chicago and the Bridgeport Film Festival.
Currently he exploring and generating new works including the continuing developing live performance project A Night of Wonder, created in collaboration with Pornchanok Kanchanabanca, as part of a joint graduate thesis.