Our Team

Christopher Johnson
Christopher Johnson

Most recently helmed the critically lauded and award-winning Punch and Judy. Previously he directed Entropy for Hollywood’s Theatre of NOTE. He is the founding artistic director of Chicago’s historic Defiant Theatre for whom he served as producer on dozens of projects including the U.S. premieres of Sarah Kane’s Cleansed and Phaedra’s Love, the Chicago premiere of Caryl Churchill’s The Skryker and multiple iterations of the cult-classic Action Movie: The Play. Defiant directing credits include Titus Andronicus, A Clockwork Orange, Macbeth, Dope and Hamlet in addition to world world-premiere adaptations of Stephen King’s Apt Pupil and Thomas Harris’s Red Dragon (the latter garnering Christopher a Joseph Jefferson Citation for Best New Adaptation). Other Chicago and Los Angeles directing credits include Henry VI, Part 1 (The Production Company), Balacarita: The Adventures of Young Krishna (Silk Road Theatre Project), The Pity of Things – Desert Aria (Theatre of NOTE), Cave Dwellers (North Avenue Productions) and Dulcitius (The School of Night). Credits as playwright include Like Family (The Electric Shakespeare Company), Godbaby and Dope (both Defiant Theatre). Christopher has appeared as an actor at the Goodman Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Lyric Opera, Chicago Opera Theatre, Redmoon Theater, The Building Stage, A Crew of Patches, Ark Theatre and Defiant Theatre.

Jen Albert
Jen Albert

Jen is an actor, producer and award winning fight choreographer. She earned a BA in theatre from Columbia College Chicago where she became SAFD certified in all manner of stage combat before going on to get her Blue Belt in Kenpo. She is an emeritus company member of Babes with Blades, Chicago’s first all-female stage combat theatre company, with whom she traveled to Scotland to perform at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She is currently a faculty member of Art of Acting – the Conservatory of Stella Adler in Hollywood where she teaches stage combat. Recent Los Angeles fight choreography credits include: Punch and Judy (2016 LADCC award for Fight Choreography, Stage Raw Nominee) Entropy (Theatre of NOTE), Fifty Shades of Shrew (Broads’ Word Ensemble), The Noir Series (Heretick Theatre Lab), Conduct of Life and Down in the Face of God (The Vagrancy), Henry VI, Part I, Very Still and Hard to See, and Beauty Queen of Leenane (The Production Company). Favorite roles as an actor include: Kate in Fifty Shades of Shrew, Inez in Women w/o Walls (both with Broads’ Word Ensemble), Poison Inniman in Action Movie the Play (Defiant Theatre), Gwen in Fifth of July (The Production Company) and Yvonne in War (Theatre Banshee).