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J.E. Johnson

Texas Performing Arts, University of Texas Department of Theatre & Dance
Scenic Studio Supervisor, Lecturer
Austin, Texas Area
J.E. Johnson's work focuses on systems that unleash creative confidence and spaces that invite agency. He has has shepherded over 100 productions through one of the nation's largest university scenic studios at Texas Performing Arts. He has adapted his apprentice-based approach to teach children how to construct functioning clocks, Rube Goldberg machines, and other marvels with the DeBusk Enrichment Center for Academically Talented Scholars and the Austin Tinkering School. In 2015 he co-founded Maker Ready, a consulting and product company that works directly with teachers to bring hands-on, project based learning into elementary classrooms.