To Support inspire and facilitate the process of writing a screenplay.
Speaker: Stacey Johnson, Detroit Scriptwriter!
While sitting in a church service Stacey Johnson, then an Inkster, MI police officer, knew God was calling her to a writing career. Johnson recalled, “He said, ‘I want you to write for me full time.’ Exactly those words. He didn't specify plays, movies, or books. I knew to get started with plays because I had written a play prior to the call. I struggled (with the call) for nine months, but when I saw how God began to move with my retirement process, I knew that he meant business and to get to work.”
This native Detroiter parlayed her childhood hobby and drama training at Martin Luther King Jr. Senior High School, under the direction of Dr. Denise Cotton (founder of Detroit Performing Arts High School), into Stacey J Productions LLC in November 2011, a business that operates more like a ministry. She has written, produced, and directed several biblically-based plays that tackle current issues and often move audience members to laughter and tears. “I love to see people cry, laugh, and sit on the edge of their seats. I also love the feedback I receive after the shows. My favorite question is, ‘When is the next play?’ More importantly, I love the whispers in my ear about how they relate to the characters and how their life story parallels the story line and how they were deeply touched by the message.”
Her plays include “A Woman of Courage” (2004); “Lovers of Themselves” (December 2011); “Consequences” (May 2012 and December 2015); and “Spare the Rod” (December 2014, May 2015), "Who Are You?" (December 2016) and have covered controversial issues like juvenile crime, Alzheimers, and abortion. To further share her gifts and spread her mission of “reaching people for Christ through drama,” Johnson began an after school faith-based drama program at Westside Christian Academy in Detroit. The students are involved with every aspect of putting on a full stage Christ-centered production. Monies raised help fund the school’s Performing Arts Ministry.
In addition to writing and acting, Johnson’s interests are traveling, cooking, swimming, script consulting, and public speaking. She is involved in various organizations, including Aspiring Writers Association of America, and the Michigan Creative Network. While an Inkster Police Officer, she served as a community relations/DARE officer and road patrol officer. Johnson is married and has two young children. She attended Dillard University in New Orleans and pursued a bachelor of arts in criminal justice administration at Concordia College (Ann Arbor, MI).
Her favorite Bible verse is Matthew 6:33: “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well” (NIV). Her ultimate goal is to see revival on stage, seeing multitudes come to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.