Sherrie Johnson developed an international reputation as an innovative and accomplished curator, artistic director, producer and executive director of critically acclaimed and award-winning theatre, dance, film and performing arts festivals.
Sherrie joined Crow’s Theatre as Executive Director in February 2019. Prior to Crow’s, Sherrie was a member of the senior leadership team at Canadian Stage, serving as Executive Producer for six years. She led Canadian Stage through a leadership transition in the 17-18 season serving as the company’s Interim Managing Director, and Artistic Director.
Some highlights of Johnson’s 3-decade artistic career include: serving as Founding Artistic Director for Outside the Box, an ambitious multi-arts festival in Boston; Senior Curator at the highly esteemed PuSh International Performing Arts Festival in Vancouver; programming and producing the Six Stages Festival in Toronto, Prague, Berlin, and Glasgow; producing for Germany’s internationally renowned Rimini Protokoll; and co-founding the iconic indie company da da kamera with Daniel MacIvor. In that setting, she served as producer and general manager for 14 years, establishing an international touring network for MacIvor’s acclaimed one-man shows. Johnson also launched a film and television division for da da kamera and produced award-winning short and feature films for Daniel MacIvor, as well as Jeremy Podeswa and Wiebke von Carolsfeld.
Sherrie was the inaugural recipient of the John Hobday Award for outstanding achievement in arts management from the Canada Council for the Arts, and recently was awarded the Leonard McHardy and John Harvey Award for Outstanding Leadership in Administration, presented by The Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts.
In addition to her curatorial and producing work, Sherrie has dedicated her time to building and leading professional development workshops and seminars around the world.