Margaret F. Johnson

Margaret F. JohnsonAll I Needed to Know I Learned From Mrs. Johnson

“I was one the luckiest people–I fell in love with theatre when I was a freshman in high school and was able to follow my dream teaching drama at Sentinel High School in Missoula, Mt. for 37 years directing over 190 productions from children’s theatre to full-blown musicals like Fiddler On the Roof, Godspell, and Sound Of Music.” In 1992 Margaret  was the first drama director inducted into the Montana Forensic Educators Hall of Fame. In 2000 was the first recipient of the Montana Theatre Educator of the Year award. In April of 2007 she was honored for her years of teaching by the Fine Arts Department at the University of Montana’s Odyssey of the Stars–Legends and Legacies: A Tribute to Two Grand Dames and in 2010 received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Montana Theatre Education Association. Margaret was born and raised in the small farming community of Glasgow, Montana, a very long way from Broadway! “I never went into education to create Broadway actors/technicians. I just wanted to teach my students an appreciation of theatre.

She also has had the privilege of seeing several of her students go on in theatre and continue to do very well. What a great year for my kids! Kathleen McNenny was on Broadway in An Enemy Of The People  in the fall of 2012. She and her husband just finished  performing in Our Town.  Andy Taylor, who at age 6, played Michael in Peter Pan [but attended another high school] is in Once, the 2012 Tony Winning musical and Derek Hanson  was in Anything Goes which closed in July 2013.  He has since been touring with Cats.  Scott Michael Campbell, a television and movie actor [featured in Brokeback Mountain], recently was seen in episodes of LongmireMotives, Franklin & Bash,  Hell on Wheels, as well as the movie, The Wedding Pact and John Shaffner, an Emmy winning Production Designer for such shows as Big Bang Theory, Mike and Molly and Two and a Half Men, has retired as the CEO and chairman of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

One of her joys in retirement is acting with Missoula Community Theater (a branch of Missoula Children’s Theater) receiving 3 Best Local Actress awards. It allows her to work with former students who also love theater. Some of her favorite roles were; a pirate in The Pirates of Penzance, Betty in The Foreigner, Mother Superior in Nunsense, Mother Burnside in Mame, Judge Yertle in Seussical and recently Martha in Arsenic and Old Lace.

She has also added teaching ‘The Over 50 Crowd’ at The Montana Osher Lifelong Learning Institute [MOLLI], a part of  The School of Extended and Lifelong Learning at the University of Montana. “I’ve fallen in love with teaching all over again.


With my husband Ron

At the 60th Primetime Emmys with the CEO!






At my first book signing












My new “kids” performing

IMPROV: A GREAT ANTI-AGING DEVICE!  Our first day of class.

IMPROV: A GREAT ANTI-AGING DEVICE! Our first day of class.




That pretty little Lady in LADIES FIRST

Briggs Beal from THURBER’S The Night The Bed Fell