Javon Johnson is a native of Anderson, S.C., and a founding ensemble member/resident playwright of Congo Square Theatre Company in Chicago. He is also a member of The Dramatist Guild, Screen Actors Guild, Actors´ Equity Association and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. He has a B.A. from South Carolina State University and an M.F.A. from the University of Pittsburgh.
As a writer, Johnson has written such plays as Hambone, Cryin´ Shame, Breathe, Eighty-Six, Runaway Home, Sanctified, The House That Jack Built, The Pawn, Homebound, Hobo King, The Spanish Jade and Papa´s Blues. His plays have received productions around the country and appeared in several theatre festivals.
In addition to playwriting, he is an actor appearing on stage (Stick Fly, Joe Turner´s Come and Gone, Seven Guitars, Ali, Before It Hits Home, Cryin´ Shame, Deep Azure, Amistad Voices, Measure for Measure, A Raisin in the Sun, Blues for an Alabama Sky, Fences, Pericles, Macbeth, Pill Hill), on television (Prison Break, One Life to Live, Porgy: A Gullah Version) and on screen (Barbershop 2, Tyler Perry´s Daddy´s Little Girls, The Temptations, Dogma). He has also taught acting and stage combat at the University of Pittsburgh and Freedom Theatre.
Johnson´s awards and honors include a 2004 Black Theatre Alliance Lorraine Hansberry Award for Best New Play, a 2003 New Professional Theatre Playwriting Award and 2001 and 1999 National Project Awards among numerous others.