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Johnson Named Montezuma Professor

Professor is touring a solo performance based on narratives

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September 7, 2011 | by Jasmine Rangel

EVANSTON, Ill. --- E. Patrick Johnson, professor of performance studies in the School of Communication and professor of African American studies in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, has been named the Carlos Montezuma Professor of Performance Studies.

Johnson has published widely on the subjects of race, class and gender and performance. He is the author of the award-winning books “Appropriating Blackness: Performance and the Politics of Authenticity” and “Sweet Tea: Black Gay Men of the South -- An Oral History.”

He is also coeditor of “Black Queer Studies: A Critical Anthology.” He did a national tour of his one-man show, “Strange Fruit,” between 1999 and 2004. In 2010, he wrote and performed in a stage play based on narratives in “Sweet Tea,” which was co-produced by About Face Theater and the Ellen Stone Belic Institute for the Study of Women and Gender in the Arts and Media at Columbia College Chicago. The production will open at Signature Theatre in Arlington, Va., this fall.

Johnson has received the Clarence Ver Steeg Award from the Northwestern University Graduate School, the Martin Duberman Fellowship, the Errol Hill Award for Outstanding Scholarship in African American Theatre Studies, the Leslie Irene Coger Award for Distinguished Performance and a Black Theater Alliance Award for Best Solo Performance. He also was inducted into the LGBT Hall of Fame by the city of Chicago.

Johnson, who joined the Northwestern faculty in 2000, was chair of the department of performance studies from 2006 to 2011.