Melvin Ishmael Johnson- Founder of Dramastage-Qumran and Veterans Community Theater Workshop.
Born December 1, 1947, in Greenville, Mississippi. Melvin attended Mississippi Valley State University. United States Marine Corp (1969- 71), honorable discharge. He attended Eastern Michigan University and is one of the Co-Founders of the African Renaissance Theater Company of Detroit, Michigan. (1973-1980)
As a playwright he has authored: Surviving the Nickel, Catch the Tiger, Number One Recruit, Nail Heads and The Emperor’s Last Performance. He is the co-author of: The JOI Club with Judith Bowman and If the SHU Fits: Voices from Solitary Confinement with Andy Griggs. Johnson developed the Anti-Violence Situation Coping Group as a conflict resolution group for military veterans and is author of the plays, Nobody Told Us and The Hero Within about homeless military veterans. *He teaches a weekly Veterans Community Theater Workshop that trains veterans for Stage Management jobs in the Theater.