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Chanon Judson Johnson

Chanon Judson’s been growing with the acclaimed Urban Bush Women (UBW) since 2001, as performer and now Co-Artistic Director and Coordinator for BOLD, UBW’s facilitation network. She’s a director’s fellow with New Perspective Theatre and Chicago Director’s Lab. Projects include “The Invention of Tragedy” (choreographer, Flea Theatre), “It’s Not so Bad in My Brain” (Director, New Perspective Theatre), “Nurturing the Nurturer,” a performance ritual/gathering for mothers (Black Women’s Blueprint) and Family Arts (FAM) - Alongside her husband they offer spaces for families to explore and create (Bric, Bailey’s Cafe, MS 35 Family Dynamics, Stoops). Chanon has worked with Kwame Ross, Barak adé Soleil, Talvin Wilks, and Sandra Burton. Performance credits include Taylor Mac 24 hour Spectacular, God’s Trombone (Craig Harris), Cannabis (Baba Israel), Cotton Club Parade (City Center), Michael Jackson 30th Anniversary Concert, and Fela!

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