Tiffany Johnson- Artistic Director
Tiffany Johnson is a native of East St. Louis but is a longtime Des Moines resident. Acting has always been a passion for Tiffany and she feels it gives her a unique opportunity to ask tough questions, raise awareness on issues and many times walk right up and touch the elephant in the room. Her recent work includes, Good People and Clybourne Park at Stagewest; The Jack Trice Story by Ruth Ann Gaines; Fences at the Des Moines Social Club; The Mountaintop at Integral Artists Theatre and Silent Victory with Pyramid Theatre Company. She received a regional Broadway World award in 2014 for Best Actress in a Play for her performance in Fences. Tiffany has worked primarily as an actress but she is now stepping into the realm of Directing and Producing, which she believes will begin to develop her as an overall talent. She directed the Pyramid Theatre production of A Raisin in the Sun in the 2016 season. She is currently directing Akeelah and the Bee at Des Moines Young Artists Theatre and is happy in her new role as a director. Outside of theater, Tiffany is very active in her community. She enjoys reading, dining out, spending time with her family and being in the company of friends.
Meet Tiffany(Interview conducted December 2015) :
Where were you born: St. Louis, Mo
Favorite Play/Musical: My favorite play is actually a musical, The Color Purple. I watched that movie from when I was a very young child. My family could tell you how tired I made them of that movie. It was the first time that I ever really paid attention to my blackness, I was seven years old when that movie came out and all of a sudden I realized that there were struggles in black lives that I didn't have a clue about, there were things that happened within families that I didn't know existed. I was super excited to see it on stage I believe it was around 2006-07, over 20 years after I had fell in love with the movie. I've always said if someone could ever get me to sing on stage it would have to be for a part in this musical, preferably as Shug Avery.
First Play: The first play I ever saw was A Midsummer Night's Dream. I went with a couple from my church Mr.& Mrs. Jack Britton, who also took me to my first ballet. I remember sitting in the audience just as confused as I could be. I was 12 years old and Shakespeare just hadn't sunk in for me yet. But the memories were priceless, it was then that I developed a tolerance and patience for theatre. I dare say that tolerance, has turned into LOVE.
Show you hope Pyramid does one day: I really hope we do Intimate Apparel by Lynn Nottage. Our team has looked at this script before and I love it. My shameless plug to my family at Pyramid is I really want to play Esther. There is something about her character that intrigues me, and I would love the challenge of being this woman that had so much talent and inner beauty but just didn't see it in herself. She fell in love through the fantasy of having the life she always wanted with a man that adored her, only to find out that things are not always as they seem.
Current non-Pyramid related Project: Currently my non-Pyramid related projects are called children. Every moment that I'm not working or striving to show them a better me, I am with them daring them to dream. They are the reason for everything I hope for, my only real dream after becoming a mother is living to see them realize theirs.
What does Pyramid mean to you: A pyramid is a structure that consists of three sides that meet at a single point at the top. Our company to me represents a strong foundation which will reach it's destination somewhere much closer to the sun. Mind, body, spirit, core principals, core values and a pure desire to experience life and tell the stories that are so rich with culture and history. To empower, change and encourage people through art. My Pyramid family understands that value comes with experiences, and lessons come from the knowledge gained from the experiences. I am so grateful to be a part of this team. Stay tuned people, you will not want to miss what we have in store for you.