© NILAN JOHNSON 2020

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"Art is not what you see, but what you make others see"

-Edgar Degas

“The thinkers of the world should by rights be guardians of the worlds mirth.”

-Agnes Repplier 

the ARTIST

 

Nilan is a New York-based artist. His heart belongs to the west coast while his soul was forged in the south. He works as a performer and creator. Which grants him expression as an actor, playwright, director, producer, and teaching artist. He creates work that "agitates and educates the audience." He is an artist who believes the work must always be in service to its audience. A social conscious artist-activist birthing work in hope of action towards a better tomorrow.

 

He holds a Master of Fine Arts in Acting from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Where he was a resident company member for three years at the exceptional PlayMakers Repertory Company (under the leadership of Joseph Haj). Nilan has performed across the United States as well as several places in Europe.

 

Nilan is a proud member of Actors Equity Association.

 

Bio

 

Nilan is a performer, creator, and teaching artist. NYC: And Then I Woke: A Vicarious Cataclysmic Event (Downtown Art), Next Faggot Nation (Dixon Place), Self-Accusation: The Remix (LPAC, Bedlam MadLab), Bar Play (Peculiar Works Project), Trojan Women (Oppressed in Heels), The Champion (Bric Arts), Regional: Metamorphosis, Assassins, A Raisin in the Sun, Clybourne Park, The Parchman Hour, Henry IV, Henry V, and The Imaginary Invalid (PlayMakers Rep), Radio Golf (Deep Dish Theater), 10x10 in the Triangle (ArtsCenter Carrboro). International: Playback Theatre (Berlin, Germany). Playwriting: ENDANGERED SPECIES (reading, Playwrights Foundation; reading, The New American Theatre Co.; reading, Red Fern Theatre), THE SHADOW IN THE CORNER (48 Hours in Harlem), OLD SCHOOL (24 Hour Pridefest) OUR PRECEDENT (2015 semi-finalist, National Playwright Conference), WATER FROM THE TAP (NY Indie One Minute Play Festival), AMERICAN IDIOT (Our Country/Our Response Play Festival) THE SAINT AND THE SINNER (reading, Wagon Wheel Arts). Directing: Ceremonies in Dark Old Men (Santos Manuel Theatre), Ladies in Waiting (Cal State University, San Bernardino), Venus (A.D., UNC, Chapel Hill), Friable (Take Ten Festival, Best Play),  Media: Consent Is Sexy, a four-episode PSA (YouTube). M.F.A. in Acting from University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. www.nilan.me

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