JOHNSON,P_Danceshot_BWcropPam Johnson has been dancing, choreographing, teaching, and directing in Toronto for 32 years. She has danced for many choreographers including Darcey Callison, Kaeja d’Dance, Susan McKenzie, Viv Moore, Kathleen Rea, and Dave Wilson. In 2009 she choreographed and produced Brother, Can you spare a dime? at the Winchester Street Theatre. Her choreography has appeared in Dances for a Small Stage, Dance Matters, fFIDA, and Square Zero, as well as on bicycles and trapezes, and in anti-war events. She has been commissioned to create work for performance artist Phillip Barker, actor/playwright Diane Flacks, the IN pulse Dance Company, the MacMaster Dancers, Kid in the Hall Bruce McCullough, composer John Oswald, and the taiko drummers Raging Asian Women. She is a founding member of High Xposure: Rock Climbing Dance Theatre, and the dance buskers Bo Mon 7 Pagolac.

Johnson’s theatre credits include: Gravity Calling (Tarragon), Motherhouse (Centaur Theatre, Montreal), Myth Me (Mythproductions), and The Stranger (Praxis Theatre). Her film credits include features Million Dollar Babies and Zero Patience, and many independent films. She has toured the world as an actor/dancer with the acclaimed Canadian Opera Company production Bluebeard’s Castle/Erwartung, directed by Robert LePage. As a director, her credits include the Canadian premiere of Marx in Soho, A Tribute to Howard Zinn, and the video Toronto’s Price Tag.

Johnson is an internationally recognized teacher of contact improvisation. She is co-coordinator of the Toronto Contact Jam, now in its 37th year. She is a faculty member in theatre at George Brown College and Humber College, as well as a teacher of contact improvisation at The School of Toronto Dance Theatre. She regularly teaches master classes to dancers and actors in the United States and in Canada. She holds an M.A. from York University and is a grant recipient from the Toronto and Ontario Arts Councils and the Canada Council for the Arts.