Johanna Allen has established a career as one of Australia’s most versatile singer/actors. After graduating with both a B.A. (Drama Performance and Direction) and Bachelor of Music Performance (Hons Classical Voice, Elder Conservatorium), she won a scholarship to study with Daniel Ferro, Juilliard School, New York. There she continued her training in Music and Acting.
Johanna’s recent theatre credits include Wicked and Dr Zhivago for the Gordon Frost Organisation, the roles of Marcy in Dogfight and Carlotta in Phantom of the Opera for Neil Gooding Productions, Mrs O’Brien in The Production Company’s Showboat and Emma Goldman in Assassins for Watch This Melbourne. Her self-written cabaret The Songs That Got Away – the music of Harold Arlen has had sell out seasons at the Hayes Theatre Sydney and the Adelaide Cabaret Festival, and will premiere at the Melbourne Recital Centre, as part of the American Songbook Festival. Johanna is passionate about the development of new work within theatre and music, and has played the role of Oriel in new development of Cloudstreet the Opera, with music by George Palmer and words by Tim Winton. Other developments include Do Good and You Will Be Happy for Merrigong Theatre, and numerous others
Roles include The Baker’s Wife in Into the Woods (GFO), The Threepenny Opera (Sydney Theatre Company/Malthouse Theatre), Elizabeth Proctor in The Crucible, Lady Macbeth in Macbeth (New York Theatre Festival), The Angel and the Red Priest (Adelaide Festival). For Opera Australia her credits include Kate in The Pirates of Penzance, and Pitti Sing in The Mikado. She has also performed the role of Old Lady in Candide for State Opera of South Australia and originated the role of Gussie Bethell in Ode to Nonsense (Slingsby/State Opera of South Australia), a new opera about the life of Edward Lear. Her association with the Cabaret Festival has included roles in The Wild Party – The Music of Andrew Lippa, Suitcase – The Music of Sean Peter, An Evening with Jeremy Sams and her own show Mixtape. Further professional credits include Guys and Dolls, The Sign of the Seahorse, SCAM!, Mr McGee and the Biting Flea and Dead Man Walking.
Johanna’s concert experience is vast, with numerous credits in classical repertoire, big band swing and pop and collaborations with artists such as David Helfgott, Anthony Warlow, David Hobson, Michael Buble, Suzanne Vega, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and the New York City Big Band. As an artist she has performed at the Montreal Jazz Festival, the Melbourne Comedy Festival, Adelaide Cabaret Festival and in the International Speigeltent.
Film and television credits include Rewind, Travelling Light, Front Bar, The Eye (Festival Shorts: Best Actress), El Morado and multiple television commercials, most notably as the spokesperson for Open Universities. In addition to her work as a performer, she is steadily gaining credits as a writer, producer and director.
Johanna’s album, Calling Card, is a collection of jazz standards, covers and originals created in collaboration with Mark Simeon Ferguson, and is available on iTunes.