Rasean Davonte Johnson

is a video artist and designer of projections for theatre, film, and installations. He received his MFA from the Yale School of Drama in Design as a student in the projection program, and has lectured at Yale University, Syracuse University, Boston University, The Theatre School at Depaul, and the Ohio State University.

His credits include Crowns at the McCarter Theatre Center and Long Wharf Theatre; writing and direction by Regina Taylor, Farewell My Concubine at the Ningbo Grand Theatre; direction and choreography by Yin Mei Mitchell, BLKS with Steppenwolf Theatre Company; direction Nataki Garrett, 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, Rock of Ages at Drury Lane Theatre; direction by Scott Weinstein, and Angels in America: Millennium Approaches and Perestroika at Court Theatre; direction by Charles Newell as a projection designer. He has also designed for Little Rock at the Sheen Center; writing and direction by Rajendra Ramoon Maharaj, The House of Spirits at Syracuse University; direction by Celia Medeoy, and 50:13 at Yale Cabaret, direction by Jonathan Majors as scenic designer.

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.

He is the recipient of the 2018 Michael Maggio Emerging Designer award and a proud member of United Scenic Artists Local 829.

Current & Upcoming Projects

Djembe! projection designer dir West Hyler, The Apollo Theatre (Chicago│March)

Cadilac Crew projection designer dir Jesse Rasmussen, Yale Repertory Theatre (New Haven│April)

Ms. Blakk for President projection designer dir Tina Landau, Steppenwolf Theatre Company (Chicago│May)

Indecent projection designer dir Shana Cooper, Oregon Shakespeare Festival (Ashland, OR│July)

Freedom Ride projection designer dir Tazewell Thompson, Chicago Opera Theatre (Chicago│February)