About Astral Theatre Collective

John Johnson is a West Virginia native actor with experience in stage, film, audio, historical reenactment, and music. He began his career as a child actor at age six as Santa Claus, a character which he continues to portray during the Christmas holiday for which he has garnered many awards.  After an educational sabbatical and marriage to his High School Sweetheart, John returned to the stage in 2011.  John has studied with Leah Turley (EMC/MFA) and is a current member of the board of directors for the Alban Arts Center. He has been taught by top regional and national coaches and graduated from the Alban Arts Academy, where he was awarded for “exemplary acting.”

Astral Theatre Collective began this year when John  decided to fill a void he recognized among local theater offerings.  “We have lots of great theater here in our region,” Johnson says.  “We are blessed with great talent.  But among the musicals, the children’s stories, the mystery dinners, and modern plays dealing with modern issues, I wanted to focus on the tales of mystery and imagination.”  Johnson admits to being a fan of the classic Victorian works of Doyle and Stoker, as well as the Gothic tales of Poe and Shelley.  His goal is to make the newly created Astral Theatre Collective a platform for these types of stories to be staged, and hopes to take them into other forms of media in the future.

“Sherlock Holmes and the Beast of Whitechapel” is Astral’s first production.

  • Dracula – The Audio Drama (2015)………………..Professor Abraham Van Helsing,                                                                                                         Swales, additional voices
  • Dr. Dolittle (2015)……………………………………..Dr. Dolittle
  • A Christmas Carol (2015)…………………………….Charles Dickens
  • The Three Musketeers (2014)……………………….Athos
  • Wind in the Willows (2013)………………………….Mr. Badger
  • Richard III (2013)………………………………………Duke of Clarence
  • Miracle on 34th Street  (2012)……………………….Kris Kringle
  • Proof  (2012)…………………………………………….Robert
Sherlock Holmes John Johnson
John Johnson as Sherlock Holmes in “Sherlock Holmes and the Beast of Whitechapel” (2016) Astral Theatre Collective.
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Abraham Van Helsing (John Johnson) and Wilhelmina Harker (Andrea Jones). DRACULA: THE AUDIO DRAMA (2015), DrakesNest Entertainment

Athos and D'Artagnan

      Athos (John Johnson) and D’Artagnan (Rob James).

“The Three Musketeers” (2014), The LimeLight Theatre Company

Miracle on 34th Street
Susie Walker (Ashley Miller) and Kris Kringle (John Johnson). “Miracle on 34th Street” (2012) Alban Arts Center