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Professor Johnson awarded artist-in-residence fellowship

Katie JohnsonLiterature professor Katie Johnson is one of three Tao House fellows selected for the 2019 Travis Bogard Artist in Residency program. 

Tao House, located in Danville California, was the final home of Eugene O’Neill, an American playwright and a focus of Johnson’s research. Johnson plans to use the time and access to the O’Neill archives to work on her third book project, Racing the Great White Way: A Counter-History of Early Twentieth-Century Broadway.

“It’s the first time in nine years that I have had an extended amount of time to dedicate to writing,” she said. “As I near completion of the book, the fellowship will help me devote myself to writing with the inspiration of O'Neill, one of America's greatest playwrights.”

In Racing the Great White Way, Johnson claims “by looking beyond Broadway ... we discover not only a rich history of diverse theatrical performances, but also a powerful archive of U.S. culture transitioning to modernity.”

Johnson was lucky enough to visit Tao House last May during a conference and she’s looking forward to the opportunity to return as a fellow from September 19 through October 3.

“It is an incredible place, nestled into the foothills outside San Francisco in the lovely San Ramon Valley. Dr. Katie JohnsonAs a Tao House Fellow, I'll be writing in the adjacent ‘trunk room,’ and have access to the archives. O'Neill's study is set up with his journals and papers. The site also features a barn that has been converted into a theatre. They will be staging O'Neill's masterpiece, Long Day's Journey Into Night while I'm there.” 

Tao HouseThe residency is funded by The Eugene O’Neill Foundation, which also provides lodging at the San Damiano retreat run by Franciscans.

“I will have a peaceful, meditative time,” Johnson said. 

Find out more about Tao House and the foundation: http://www.eugeneoneill.org/about-tao-house/

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