Rasean Davonté Johnson is a video artist and designer of projections for theater, film, and installations. He is owner of the Chicago-based practice eightinfinitystudio, which specializes in design, video engineering consultation, and content creation for the performing arts. His 2021 commission We Are All in This Together: Shutdown, Crisis, Restart — an immersive, 360-degree video installation exploring the collective experience of the pandemic — was part of WonderWall at Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor. Other works include two presentations at Yale University: Living Sculpture as part of LUX: Ideas through Light, at the Beinecke Rare Books Library, and A Night of Wonder. Collaborative works include The Ballad of Lula Del Ray 2.0 with Manual Cinema at the Logan Arts Center, Convergence: A mad tea pARTy at the Yale Art Gallery, and Passenger: the American landscape redefined at the University of Chicago and the Bridgeport Film Festival.
His work as a theatrical designer has received honors including the Michael Maggio Emerging Designer Award in 2018 and the Joseph Jefferson Award for Best Projection Design in 2022 and 2019. He was part of the 2017 Opera America Robert L.B. Tobin Director-Designer Showcase in Houston. Design work includes collaborations with Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Manual Cinema, Chicago Opera Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Portland Opera, Yale Repertory Theatre, McCarter Theatre Center, and Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and, abroad, The Ningbo Song and Dance Company (China), B-Floor Theatre (Thailand), and Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Scotland).
Rasean Davonté Johnson received his MFA from Yale University, and has lectured at Yale University, Columbia College Chicago, Syracuse University, Carnegie Mellon, Depaul University, and Ohio State University.