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Christopher Johnston

Christopher Johnston has published more than 3,000 articles in publications such as American Theatre, Christian Science Monitor, Credit.com, History Magazine, The Plain Dealer, Progressive Architecture, Scientific American and Time.com. He was a stringer for The New York Times for eight years. He served as a contributing editor for Inside Business for more than six years, and he was a contributing editor for Cleveland Enterprise for more than ten years. He teaches playwriting and creative nonfiction workshops at Cleveland State University. He wrote The Way I Saw It, the memoirs of Marc Wyse, co-founder of Wyse Advertising. His book, Shattering Silences: New Approaches to Healing Survivors of Rape and Bringing Their Assailants to Justice (Skyhorse) will be published in February 2018.

Features

Cleveland Rape Crisis Center

How a $3.2 million grant is helping Cleveland Rape Crisis Center expand its services on campus

Recently, the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center received a $3.2 million VOCA payment, the largest grant in its 40-year history. Part of that funding is helping to expand advocacy and outreach services on college campuses around Cleveland.

human trafficking

First person: Inside the local fight against human trafficking

Fresh Water contributor Christopher Johnston steps inside Cleveland's human trafficking scene to uncover some dark realities — and the people and organizations battling them.

Slavic Village Recovery Project - after image

Cleveland insider: a clear solution in the war against blight

Ridding the city streets of zombies—long abandoned vacant properties—has become one local entrepreneur's ongoing battle. His fiercest weapon is a product that literally changes the face of foreclosure.

Christopher Johnston with cast of The Mighty Scarabs by Cornell Calhoun III at Karamu House, March 2015

First person: A playwright's tale

Fresh off his success of "Selfies at the Clown Motel," Cleveland playwright Christopher Johnston recounts 25 years inside the local indie theatre scene and gives newbies tips on how to break into it.  

Lara Mielcarek directing inmates at Cleveland's Northeast Reintegration Center

Artist Rehabilitation Coalition leverages the Bard to inspire inmates

Cleveland actor Lara Mielcarek's fledgling coalition is bringing Shakespeare – and a new dimension of life – to area inmates.  
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