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HOW I GOT HERE: Johanna Carlisle Zepeda



Johanna Carlisle-Zepeda is a songstress, actor and advocate for the arts. Johanna is a proud Latina bicoastal performer living in Phoenix and Boston. She has workshopped and taught everything theatre from Voice to Shakespeare for various companies and continues to mentor young artists through coaching. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Vocal Performance at Cornell College and has spent the last few years writing, directing and performing for theater goers in her self produced show Musical Schmoozicals. She is also known for her involvement and dedication to the development of New Works by not only acting but directing new works. She originated the role of Felicitas Valdovinos in the World Premiere of Americano! The Musical in Jan 2020. Regional Theatre include: Inez in The View Upstairs, Beatriz in Miss You Like Hell, Abuela Claudia in In the Heights, Mayor, Ma and Nun in The Toxic Avenger, Yente in Fiddler on the Roof, Madame Thernardier in Les Miserables, Truvy in Steel Magnolias, Effy in Spitfire Grill, directed by the incomparable Brad Carroll and Widow Corney in Oliver!, conducted by the outstanding Tito Munoz with The Phoenix Symphony. Johanna also found great joy performing as Diana in Next to Normal, Mary O’Malley and Calcetina in Learn To Be Latina, and naturally, Eddie/Dr. Scott in The Rocky Horror Show. From Ft. Peck Summer Theatre to Speakeasy Stage to The Phoenix Theatre Company, Johanna goes where the challenging work takes her. Johanna is a current active member of AEA. She adores mixology, music, culture and traveling. She has also fostered a great love of theatre and music in her immensely talented son, Maxx.


"HOW I GOT HERE: Stories About Forging a Life in the Theatre and Beyond” is an initiative of Downstage Right Drama School in Naperville, IL. #DownstageRight #HowIGotHere

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