Allison Adah Johnson received degrees in music from Stanford University (BA), CalArts (MFA), and UC San Diego (PhD), and studied contemporary German theater in Berlin, Germany and Javanese theater and music in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.
Her theater works have been performed at the Berlin Volksbühne, the Colony Theatre in Burbank, CA, and at Occidental College’s Keck Theatre. Her operas, compositions, and multi-media works have been performed at the New West Electro-Acoustic Music Festival, the New Directions in Asian-American Music Festival, the California Biennial, Feminist Theory & Music, Pasadena ArtNight, World Electro Acoustic Listening Room, EMPAC, Between the Cracks Forum, La Jolla Athenaeum, Parallel 66, and Frau Musica (nova) Festival in Cologne, among others.
She has received commissions, grants, awards, and residencies from the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas, the Center for Cultural Innovation, International Institute for Asian Studies, American Composers Forum, the American Music Center, the Luce Foundation, the Durfee Foundation, the Irvine Foundation, Centrum Arts, the City of Pasadena, and the Getty Foundation, and was featured composer in the New Directions in Asian-American Music Festival.
She has published, presented, and served on panels on various topics on theater, music, race, and culture, and has been a guest lecturer at National Taiwan University, Freie Universität Berlin, Simon Fraser University, USC, Mills College and was artist-in-residence at the Agosto Foundation in Prague. Recently she did Sound Design for the award-winning documentary “Seeing the Full Sounding,” and composed music for a commission from the international peace organization, the UN Peace Boat.
She teaches in Humanities & Creative Arts at Soka University in Aliso Viejo, California, and for the Popular Music Studies program at Oregon State University.