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Kristi V. Johnson Makes Connections with Jaki Shelton Green’s ‘The River Speaks of Thirst’

Music, dance, song, and drama illustrate the themes of North Carolina Poet Laureate’s Jacki Shelton Green words. Directed by Kristi V. Johnson and filmed in various locations around the Triangle, this film, produced by The Justice Theater Project paints a moving, vivid, and poignant picture of the complexities of the African American experience. 

Kristi Vincent Johnson, a Louisiana native, is a performer, choreographer, educator, and community builder. She has worked with many artists such as Sabrina Madison-Cannon, Joe Alegado, Gaspard Louis, and Baba Chuck Davis. Her work has been commissioned by the Ernie Barnes Foundation and the American Dance Festival. Committed to artistic excellence, she was named the 2013 National Dance Association’s College/University Dance Educator of the Year and in 2017, she received the Excellence in Teaching Award from the Department of Theatre at North Carolina Central University. Kristi has been a grant recipient from such organizations as the Durham Arts Council and the Orange County Arts Commission with the purpose of building broader dance engagement via partnerships with various arts and cultural organizations, as well as creating venues for professional choreographers to present their work. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Dance at North Carolina Central University and the founder of The Triangle Dance Project, a community building nonprofit arts organization. Kristi Vincent Johnson received her MFA in Modern Dance from Texas Christian University and her Doctorate of Education in Kinesiology from UNC Greensboro.

Hear what she has to say about directing the film THE RIVER SPEAKS OF THIRST for the Justice Theater Project and more.

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