NICHOLAS JOHNSON (Artistic Director) holds an acting degree from Northwestern University and a PhD in Drama Studies at Trinity College, where he is a full-time lecturer. His acting career spans 21 years and includes work in Texas, Massachusetts, New York City, Chicago, Washington D.C., Edinburgh, Avignon, Athens, and Istanbul. In 2003 he adapted and performed On Going On, a one-person show based on the writings of Samuel Beckett, at Northwestern University in Chicago. He performed the title role in Jeremiah in 2005, as well as Clov in Endgame at the Samuel Beckett Theatre. He was a 2004 DAAD Fellow researching Bertolt Brecht in Berlin, Germany, and he received the 2005 George J. Mitchell Scholarship as well as the inaugural Samuel Beckett Studentship in support of his work in Dublin. He was a director, producer, author, and designer for 100 Minutes in 2006 and 2007, and was overall artistic director for 100 Minutes 2008 and 100 Minutes 2009. His full-length play, Noise, premiered in the Dublin Fringe Festival 2006, and he directed Biography of Bernie Ward with Painted Filly Theatre and Disjecta in the Samuel Beckett Theatre. He was selected for The Next Stage programme for emerging artists in the 2007 Dublin Theatre Festival. In 2008 he translated and directed Ernst Toller’s Masse Mensch for the 2nd Year BA Production at Trinity College, as well as touring the production to Berlin’s Volksbuehne theatre, where he led an international exchange and workshop between TCD and the P14 youth theatre. Most recently, he translated, adapted, and directed the short prose of Franz Kafka for K. at the Samuel Beckett Centre, and his documentary theatre project The Way of the Language will premiere at New York’s Bleecker Street Theatre in 2009.