Theatre Arts Major

Quynn L. Johnson

Quynn L. Johnson, Ed.M.

Adjunct Professor
Areas of Specialization - Dance and Movement Studies


Quynn L. Johnson Ed.M. a graduate of Harvard University, undergraduate degree from Howard University, is a native of Flint, Michigan. Quynn is a social entrepreneur, performing artist, international arts-based educator, and children’s author. She was most recently awarded the 2020 recipient of the John F. Kennedy Center Local Dance Commissioning Project as well as the 2014, 2017, 2020 Individual Artist Award for Dance Choreography by the Maryland State Arts Council. Ms. Johnson co-founded the Washington, DC based percussive dance company SOLE Defined (co-created with Ryan Johnson), a multidisciplinary company whose mission is to use dance as a tool to address social issues directly affecting the Black community while creating interactive arts-integrated programs in schools. Quynn’s performance highlights include, soloist in the tour of the Tony Award Winning Production, After Midnight, Jacobs Pillow: Inside Out Concert, Lincoln Center, Dance Encore Festival, Fall for Dance, and Great Gatsby by the Washington Ballet.

A Nationally Credentialed Teaching Artist, Quynn’s programming has reached over 10,000+ students, teachers, and school administrators in several school districts across the Mid-Atlantic. In 2011 Quynn became a self-published author with her children’s book, Lucky’s Tap Dancing Feet, an exciting story about a horse that wants to tap dance.