Molly Johnson, soprano, is a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association, and an award-winning singer and actress who has appeared most recently as “Rona Lisa Peretti” in the Pollard Theater Production of 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Other credits include “Mrs. Pearce” in the Oklahoma City Repertory Theater production of My Fair Lady as well as opera and musical theatre roles with Opera East Texas, Baton Rouge Opera, Asheville (NC) Lyric Opera, Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, Music Theatre of Wichita and Nebraska Theatre Caravan in addition to frequent concert, recital, and oratorio appearances.
As an Artistic/Stage Director, she most recently directed The Ring of the Fetticuinis, as the Spring 2016 children’s opera through the University of Central Oklahoma. Her additional credits include full-length musicals Ghosts (Midwest Premier), Bye Bye Birdie, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Little Women, Godspell, Seussical TYA, chamber and one-act operas Dido and Aeneas, The Old Maid and the Thief, I Can’t Stand Wagner, A Game of Chance and The Stoned Guest; opera workshop productions of Humperdink’s Hansel and Gretel, the children’s opera Anniversary Tales (co-directed with students) and numerous scenes programs. Since 2011, she has performed for and been Stage Director of the Texas Rose Festival.
Dr. Johnson has served for many years as a member of the summer staff of the Martina Arroyo Foundation program Prelude to Performance® in New York City (Assistant Administrative Director); Martina Arroyo was selected as a Kennedy Center honoree in 2013.
College and university teaching areas include undergraduate and graduate applied voice, diction, pedagogy and musical theatre survey/history. Her students have sung on Broadway, at New York City Opera and with other regional opera and music theatre companies, won state and regional vocal competitions, been awarded numerous talent scholarships and assistantships and been admitted to undergraduate and graduate music programs across the United States.
She and her husband, tenor Mark Johnson, are frequent concert collaborators and have appeared in duo recitals and revues for arts organizations in NC, TX, OK, VA, LA and more. They are co-directors of Da Capo Studios in Tyler, TX, a private voice studio specializing in classical and musical theatre and have released two recordings of sacred solo and duet music.
An active member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), Molly is the immediate past President of the Dallas-Ft.Worth Area Chapter. She holds the BM degree in Vocal Performance from Oklahoma City University and the MM and DMA degrees in Vocal Performance from Louisiana State University.
The Johnsons have two wonderful daughters – also performers – and two cats, who have yet to be on stage but are exceedingly dramatic.