Montana actor performs as Marlene Dietrich in Berlin
March 10, 2011
Kalispell native Jennifer Julian Johnson has been invited by The German Fulbright Commission to perform excerpts from her one-woman show chronicling the life of legendary film icon and 1920's German cabaret star, Marlene Dietrich.
Jennifer Julian Johnson as Marlene Dietrich
Jennifer Julian Johnson as Marlene Dietrich
The performance will be part of the 57th Annual Berlin Seminar for American Fulbright Scholars taking place in Berlin March 20-24, 2011. The conference marks the 57th meeting of American Fulbrighters in Europe and will focus on the transatlantic relationship and the role of Fulbrighters.
Johnson was awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Program scholarship to the Slovak Republic last September and is currently serving as a Cultural Ambassador for the U.S. teaching English and American Studies through an arts-based pedagogy.
Johnson is one of over 1,500 U.S. citizens who have traveled abroad for the 2010-2011 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. A Montana native, performer Jennifer Julian-Johnson has crafted a flourishing career in performance, working professionally in the fields of theatre, film, television and radio. On stage she has toured nationally performing the unprecedented lead in Eric Idle's Exploit's Monty Python and Greedy Bastard Tours at venues such as Carnegie Hall and the Hollywood Bowl. Johnson has been a top-rated Southern California radio personality and is a successful voice-over artist for films and commercials. She is also a spokesperson for the American Medical Association's Voice for the Uninsured Campaign.
In the field of performance education, Jennifer has worked as an educator for the East Los Angeles Classic Theatre, teaching Shakespeare for our Children and Beyond Borders programs to at-risk youth in South Central & East Los Angeles. She was a resident teaching artist for
Will & Company (LA Theatre Center) and contributed as the Music and Dance specialist for the City of Los Angeles Park and Recreation Department's Camp Holllywoodland. Returning to tertiary education in 2008, Johnson graduated summa cum laude from Pitzer College in Media Studies and Theatre and is pursuing a Master of Arts degree in Cultural and Media Studies at Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California. In 2010 Johnson was also awarded a Fulbright Scholarship and will serve for ten months as a Cultural Ambassador for the U.S, traveling and teaching English/American Studies through the Arts in the Slovak Republic.
Johnson co-founded the Share Your Voice Foundation in Montana and is co-creator of the Empowerment through Performance Workshop program, a summer outreach performance program for underserved teens in northwest Montana.
For more information on theShare Your Voice Foundation: www.shareyourvoicefoundation.org
ABOUT THE FULBRIGHT PROGRAM:
The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program
sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding
between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The primary
source of funding for the Fulbright Program is an annual appropriation made by the U.S.
Congress to the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
Participating governments and host institutions, corporations and foundations in foreign
countries and in the United States also provide direct and indirect support. Recipients of
Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as
well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. The Program operates in over
155 countries worldwide.
Since its establishment in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late U.S. Senator J.
William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright Program has given approximately 300,000
students, scholars, teachers, artists, and scientists the opportunity to study, teach and
conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared
Fulbright alumni have achieved distinction in government, science, the arts, business,
philanthropy, education, and athletics. Forty Fulbright alumni from 11 countries have
been awarded the Nobel Prize, and 75 alumni have received Pulitzer Prizes. Prominent
Fulbright alumni include: Muhammad Yunus, Managing Director and Founder, Grameen
Bank, and 2006 Nobel Peace Prize recipient; John Atta Mills, President of Ghana; Lee
Evans, Olympic Gold Medalist; Ruth Simmons, President, Brown University; Riccardo
Giacconi, Physicist and 2002 Nobel Laureate; Amar Gopal Bose, Chairman and Founder,
Bose Corporation; Renee Fleming, soprano; Gish Jen, Writer; and Daniel Libeskind,
Fulbright recipients are among over 40,000 individuals participating in U.S. Department
of State exchange programs each year. For more than sixty years, the Bureau of
Educational and Cultural Affairs has funded and supported programs that seek to promote
mutual understanding and respect between the people of the United States and the people
of other countries. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is administered by the Institute of
International Education .
For further information about the Fulbright Program or the U.S. Department of State's
Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, please visit: http://fulbright.state.gov or
contact James A. Lawrence, Office of Academic Exchange Programs, telephone 202-
632-3241, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org