Joanna Lewton

Arts Director at a DC Public Charter School


With an MA in Drama/Theatre for the Young from Eastern Michigan University and a BA in Fine Arts/Theatre from St. Michael’s College in Vermont, I have been an arts educator for 25 years, teaching for DCPS and in various summer arts programs, including The Berkshire Theater Festival. I am certified to teach drama for K-12th grades and have presented master classes on arts integration at multiple Expeditionary Learning national conferences and several Theatre In Our Schools mini-conferences. I have written four musicals for young audiences and am working on several new scripts and a children's book. I love to teach Improvisation and Shakespeare and to direct after-school productions.

Arts and Humanities Education Philosophy

An arts education is the best way for young people to work collaboratively, think critically, learn to communicate in a myriad of different ways and be creative.

Why is Joanna an advocate for Arts and Humanities Education?
Playing the flute, dance recitals, being in plays and Mr. Kowalski's art classes were the best things about my school experience. I learned that things could be challenging and fun at the same time.

How does she promote Arts and Humanities Education?
Advocate for our students, ensure they consistently get high quality and relevant arts experiences in their classes, in their after-school arts clubs and from visiting artists and performers. Educate/remind school stakeholders (teachers, parents, our leadership team) about the importance of an arts education for students. Work toward making sure we have all the resources (money, time, space, staff, etc.) to offer an arts program that our Pre K-12th grade students deserve.

Partnership with DC Collaborative

DC Collaborative Member since 2007.

"The Collaborative knows so much more than I do! They connect organizations with each other, they collect data about students and arts programs, they raise awareness, and they offer wonderful arts experiences for students and arts PD for teachers."

Fun Fact! Joanna says "I think Improvisation is the best life-training we can give to students of any age."

Contact Joanna:

Twitter Updates


Mailing: 975 F Street, NW
Location: 923 F Street, NW, #303
Washington, DC 20004
P: 202.470.6467

The DC Collaborative is a FY19 Service Organization grant recipient of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.

The DC Collaborative is proud to receive a grant for its Collective Impact work supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.