Utrena J is a prolific playwright who has written over 35 life impacting stage plays. For over 22 years she has produced stories that educates, inspires, and empowers.
A native of Union, SC, Utrena Johnson understands firsthand how limited opportunities could dwarf one’s view of limitless possibilities. Refusing to allow geographic or mundane thinking to define her present or shape her future, Johnson set course on a journey to rise above her circumstances and become a daughter of promise.
As a method to rebuke the negative comments of a local police officer, Johnson wrote her first play, “Lord Lift us Up” in 1998, and it was then she came to understand the power of telling a story and how it could divinely mold the destiny of those experiencing it. After a brief hiatus to complete college, give birth and to nurture her three children through their primary years, Johnson returned to her passion of writing and has been a trail blazer in her own right ever since..
To date, Elder is the founder of One Hope Enterprises where she's developed a Performing Arts Program for youth to bridge them to success. She also produces powerful dramas for stage, television, and film. Her journey has afforded her to be a freelance writer for variou clients.
As of 2018 Johnson has written 37 stageplays. With every blessing she remains tenacious and humble; while, building a legacy – understanding at this stage in the game, she no longer needs preeminence or popularity. She doesn’t have to be right, first, tops, recognized, nor praised. She now lives by faith, run with patience, and work for a cause that’s bigger than the universe itself.
Since a young age, I've been in love with live performances. My mom took me to see, "A Good Man is Hard to Find" by David Payton. It stirred my soul but I didn't understand at the time that's what was happening. What I did know is that I had experienced an encounter with God. 22 years later I'm still having encounterments with God.
At the end of the day, the work I enjoy the most is when the audience feels connected to my stories. I've grown an affinity for inspirational stage plays. It gives me and my fellow thespians the opportunity to share truths about this thing called life.
I'm very blessed to be producing works that empower and inspire the lives of God's people. I'm about building and bridging all those within my reach to success. Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to serve!
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