David Johnson

David Johnson

Humanities Instructor

Professional Experience:

  • Sesame Street – Staff Writer
  • Drop Squad – Writer/Director
  • Animal – Writer
  • Woo – Writer
  • Riot – Writer/Director
  • Ji Jaga: The Geronimo Pratt Story – Writer
  • Scary Dates – Writer
  • Back Together Again – Writer
  • Fathers & Sons – Writer/Co-executive Producer
  • CNN – News Editor
  • ABC – Cable Jockey

Education & Background:

  • Bachelor of Arts – Howard University

David Johnson has worked in a wide range of capacities in broadcasting and film. He has written projects that have featured the talents of Sean Penn, Marlon Brando, Ving Rhames and Terrence Howard, and have been distributed by Showtime, First Look Pictures, and New Line Cinema. Mr. Johnson was also co-executive producer on HBO’s Original Series Fathers and Sons and directed a feature film with Executive Producer Spike Lee.

Courses Taught:

  • Apocalyptic Cinema (GH191)
  • Exploitation Cinema (GH292E)
  • Pan-African Cinema (GH371)
  • War is Hell in Cinema (GH290W)
  • Western Films (GH380)
  • The Seventies (GH429)
  • Auteur: Billy Wilder (GH437)
  • Blockbusters - Are They Art? (GH395)
  • Is TV the New Film - From "The Sopranos" to "Breaking Bad" (GH397V)


  • Honorable Mention – Pittsburgh New Works Theatre Festival


  • Writers Guild of America (WGA)
  • National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians (NABET-CWA)
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW)