C. A. Johnson
Core Writer
Astoria, NY
C.A. Johnson is a playwright working and writing in New York City.

C. A. Johnson hails from Metairie Louisiana, but currently lives and writes in Queens. Her plays include THIRST (2017 Kilroys List, PlayPenn), MOTHER TONGUE, THE CLIMB, AN AMERICAN FEAST, ALL THE NATALIE PORTMANS and ELROY LEARN HIS NAME. She is a member of the 2017 Working Farm at SPACE on Ryder Farm and a Core Writer at the Playwrights Center. She was previously The Lark's 2016-17 Van Lier Playwriting Fellow, a 2016-2017 Dramatists Guild Fellow, and a member of The Civilians R&D Group.  Her work has been developed with The Lark, Open Bar Theatricals, UC San Diego, The Dennis and Victoria Ross Foundation, and The Fire This Time Festival. Most recently, C.A. was named the 2018 P73 Playwriting Fellow and a 2018 Sundance/Ucross Fellow. BA: Smith College MFA: NYU

Agent Information

Allison Schwartz

Paradigm Talent Agency



Samira and Greta lead a peaceful life. They have their own clearing in the woods, their own hut, and their son Kalil to keep them laughing.  When Kalil returns home one day without their water rations, however, Samira and Greta find themselves in conflict with their local political leader. Set in a tense segregated society, Thirst is a complex look at race and love in war-time.

2 W, 4 M

Marge is a photographer, and her wife Tiffany has been her sole photographic subject for seven years. When Tiffany goes on a month-long hiking trip to get away from it all, both women are forced to question everything from their professional and personal past to the true meaning of a moment captured in time.

3 W, 1 M

Keyonna is sixteen years old, extremely close with her older brother Samuel, and dreams of a better tomorrow. When brother and sister find themselves on the brink of eviction, however, their tenuous life on the edge of the poverty is forever changed by a few hundred dollars, a pretty girl, and a famous Hollywood actress.

4 W, 1-2 M

Cassidy and Bea are getting married and they've carefully planned a small, uneventful wedding weekend. When Cassidy's younger brother arrives, however, the wedding comes to a crashing halt.  Standing on the border between her past and her future, Cassidy must decide what she values most: her origin story or her future.

4 W, 3 M, 1 non-binary


C. A. Johnson selected as one of the playwrights to participate in the 19th annual Sundance Institute Playwrights & Composers Retreat. 

Affiliated playwright C.A. Johnson has been named the 2018 P73 Playwriting Fellow. She will receive a $10,000 award, and another $10,000 to put toward play development. You can read more about it here.