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Musical Theatre Student Appears on HBO Documentary "YoungArts Masterclass"


Musical theatre student Wonza Johnson, who just completed his freshman year, appears on HBO in a new episode of the documentary series, YoungArts Masterclass, with stage and screen star Kathleen Turner. The first airing of the program is on May 22 at 7:30 p.m. It will later be distributed, free of charge, to high schools throughout the country. A trailer for the Turner episode with Johnson can be seen on YouTube.

Johnson was selected from more than 5,000 applicants to be one of 150 National YoungArts Foundation winners and one of only four to participate in the Turner masterclass.

The Emmy-nominated HBO series YoungArts MasterClass chronicles the work of renowned artists sharing their art and life experiences in masterclasses with YoungArts Winners. Each edition of the program highlights the importance of mentorship, which resonates in the arts and beyond, allowing this new generation of young artists to meet and work with legends in the fields they aspire to pursue.

The National YoungArts Foundation (formerly known as the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts) was established in 1981 by Lin and Ted Arison to identify and support the next generation of artists, and to contribute to the cultural vitality of the nation by investing in the artistic development of talented young artists in the visual, literary, and performing arts. 



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U-M Photo Services

Joe Welsh

Peter Smith

David Smith

Glen Behring

Tom Bower