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Johanna Smith Bio

Johanna Smith

Professor of Theatre Education, Improvisation, and Puppetry
/College of Arts & Letters

Johanna Smith

Joined the Entrepreneurship Team in 2018

Johanna Smith is a Professor of Theatre Education, Improvisation, and Puppetry at CSU-San Bernardino. Her research and practice focuses on integrating puppets into classrooms as well as professional Theatre for Young Audiences. She has served as a puppetry artist for Broadway-bound extravaganzas to museums to colleges to preschools, and often directs tours for CSUSB. She is also fond of International tours: Her production of The Odyssey (director, puppet design) toured to the PuppetFair puppet festival in Sofia, Bulgaria in 2008, followed by a tour of 4 major Chinese cities for the Chonqing Children's Theatre season in 2009. She has written and received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and TCG. She created and teaches one of CSUSB's most popular courses, The Cultures of American Childhood, a Humanities offering that is highly sought after by all majors. She teaches improv and is a proud graduate of the Second City sketch comedy writing program (LA). She serves as a board member of the American Alliance for Theatre & Education . She believes in the power of laughter and creative re-use to inspire a love of learning.

Most Admired Entrepreneur:

My favorite entrepreneur is a tough one, because it's a toss up between Shari Lewis (and Lambchop) and Jim and Jane Henson (the Muppets). Both took their puppetry talents and created strong businesses! Jane Henson isn't often given full credit for her contribution to the business side of the Muppets, but it was a true "Mom and Pop" operation at first!

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Dr. Michael Stull Director of the School of Entrepreneurship, Professor of Entrepreneurship and Director of the Inland Empire Center for Entrepreneurship /IECE
Steve Abbott Entrepreneur in Residence, Lecturer of Entrepreneurship
Roberta Albano Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship
Stacey Allis Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship
Frank Almeida Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship
AJ Beechko Adjunct Professor of Law and Entrepreneurship
Dr. Ezekiel Bonillas Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship
Karla Gonzalez Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship
Dr. Peiyi Jia Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship
Dr. Rama Krisha Reddy Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship
Dr. Anna Long-Ruboyianes Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship
Mitch Morris Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship
Patrick Person Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship
Lisa Rios Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship
Ernie Silvers Lecturer of Entrepreneurship
Johanna Smith Professor of Theatre Education, Improvisation, & Puppetry, College of Arts & Letters
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