From picture books to audio storytelling, Johanna is drawn to untold stories that challenge stereotypes, connect strangers and ultimately, strengthen communities.
In 2014, Johanna founded StoryProjects, a Darwin-based creative production house that specialises in community storytelling. The flagship project, SPUN, is a live storytelling event and podcast that celebrates stories from Australia’s north. Nominated for an NT Media Award and listed as one of Australia’s must-listen podcasts, SPUN Stories transports people into the lives of everyday Territorians.
A recent project of Johanna's, Octopus: A six-month story Camp for Top End writers and artists, has turned the question ‘what if ... ?’ into a realised creative process. Through quiet questioning, exciting voices emerged, each shedding a new perspective on our history and who gets to tell stories in the Territory.
Johanna sees stories as a portal for travelling beyond the familiar; an idea she has used to create ATMOS, a series of listening parties for story lovers. Popping up in businesses around Darwin, ATMOS transports people into the unknown via their ears.
Her commitment to surfacing hidden stories saw Johanna develop InsideOUT, an audio storytelling project for women in prison. Using a blend of theatre, music and oral storytelling the project supports incarcerated women to learn new skills, send stories back home and co-create a podcast called Birds Eye View.
Johanna has also used storytelling as a way of reimagining urban spaces. Locals who love birds, Photo Fence and Feast of Stories are examples of public artworks where Johanna combined personal stories with technology to reveal new narratives about place.
Across writing, audio and immersive storytelling events, Johanna seeks to disrupt, surprise and connect.