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© 2019 by Laurel Margaret Johnson.

Headshots by Emilie Krause of Glass Canary Photography


Laurel is the lion, the lamb, and the [insert any random animal here] all wrapped into one. This multifaceted, multi-talented, chameleon can transform into anyone -or anything- a production calls for. Though at first glance shy and unassuming, once they hit the stage or rehearsal room, this secret powerhouse is

a force to be reckoned with.


Do you need a performer who can:

-Play 30+ characters in 45 minutes, switching between multiple accents, and at times changing character every 3 seconds?
-Hold an audience captive while just standing there

and staring them down for 2 minutes?
-Gracefully and nimbly embody a nymph

or creepily crawl and twitch like a spider?
-Soulfully sing the blues or cackle maniacally like a super villain?

In all these scenarios, Laurel has been there, done that, and bought the T-shirt. This is just a tiny sampling of the weird and wonderful things they've gotten to do onstage, and they can't wait to add more to the list.


Laurel has experience performing in everything from classical Shakespeare to brand-new mad-cap comedies, to experimental films and dance-theater. Highly creative and desirous of uncharted territory, they are most at home creating raw, experimental work, and bold, avant-garde re-imaginings of the classics.

Laurel craves artistic challenges and novel experiences. They have immense depth of feeling and striking vulnerability and emotional accessibility. They are dedicated, responsive, and intuitive; a living canvas. Directors have described Laurel as an inspiring muse. Audiences have described them as a captivating performer among the best they've ever seen. Some have even claimed that Laurel is the best live performer they've ever seen, but that can't be true... can it?

Got a challenge not just any ol' performer can handle?

Bring it on.

Current and Upcoming Projects

Laurel will be starring in the upcoming feature film, Mamamoon. Mamamoon is a part live-action, part stop-motion animation surreal fairy tale, expected to be released sometime in 2020. Learn more about it here.


They are currently involved in a scripted comedy show, Masterpiece Debut, that premiers 2 new short plays every month at Good Good Comedy Theater, a comedy club in Chinatown, Philadelphia.

Laurel was just cast in a leading role of an audio drama podcast, playing the role of an amateur investigator in a supernatural thriller, similar in style to The Black Tapes. Production began in Feb 2019, and Season 1 is scheduled to be released Fall 2019.

She just recently joined the Classroom Actor team for Philadelphia Young Playwrights, a group that teaches playwrighting classes to students K-12 in Philadelphia and brings in actors so the students can hear their work performed by professional actors.

Laurel is in the process of developing a couple of short solo comedy(ish) theater pieces, which she intends to expand into full length shows. Check out footage of when she performed a portion of her piece about failure at the open mic event, You Can't Fail, by clicking here.