Johnny Grainger, ABD
Department Chair of Communication Arts
Johnny teaches theatre, acting, and relational communication courses at Crown. He completed a BA in Speech Communication with an emphasis in performance and an MA in Dramatic Production from Pensacola Christian College. He is currently working on his Ph. D. through Trinity Theological, with continued research in Biblical Aesthetics in Theatre Arts and communication and culture. He received a Community Service Award in 2010 and the Who’s Who award in 2011.
Johnny began performing at the age of six and has been passionate about it ever since. Some of his favorite roles included Ragenu, The Pastry Chef in "Cyrano De Bergerac," The Common Man in "Man for All Seasons," The Pirate King in "Pirates of Penzance," Mr. Van Dan in "The Diary of Anne Frank," and Dogberry in "Much Ado About Nothing."
Before coming to Crown, Johnny was a professor at Pensacola Christian College for 18 years where he served on the Theatrical Production Team as Production Coordinator. He has directed dozens of shows. Some of his favorites shows at Crown are; Our Town, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Fiddler on the Roof, and The Secret Garden.
Johnny’s favorite verses are Psalm 37:4 "Delight thyself also in the LORD: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart" (KJV), and Jude 22 "And of some have compassion," (KJV).
Johnny grew up in church, but it wasn’t until he was a senior in high School, that he fully understood his need for a savior and surrendered his life to Christ.
His hobbies include cooking, theatre, art, hiking, kayaking and reading.
What Johnny enjoys most about teaching at Crown is The freedom to integrate faith and learning. We can view the Arts through a Biblical lens and see them as a proof for the existence of the Divine. We serve a creative God who has given us the ability to be creative. Johnny believes the Communication Arts department at Crown is different from other school’s Communication programs because of the strong practical element that each student engages in through the course of their studies. Through the Communication Practicum, students gain real-life experience in video, photography, marketing, radio, digital design, and theatre production. The practicums work to build experience and portfolio which lead to internships and ultimately job placement.
Johnny’s "Three E’s" represent the vision and values of the Communication Department: Excellence in academics, experiential in nature, and executed through a Christian worldview.
Students of the Communication Department will graduate prepared to fulfill professional roles in the areas of marketing and PR, advertising, dramatic arts, digital design, relational communication, and theatre arts. They will also be prepared for positions in ministry or for graduate studies.
What would your students say about taking your classes? "He is a kind and caring professor." "He cares about his students outside of the classroom." "He wants his students to be successful." "He is both passionate and knowledgeable about his field." "He is inspirational"
What would you say to parents of prospective students about having their son/daughter at Crown? We, at Crown, are a family. We want your student to grow academically, spiritually and professionally. We strive for excellence in academics. We want the students’ time to be experiential. We want them to do what they are learning; there is a strong hands-on component to our curriculum. We also, strive to incorporate faith in learning to give them a vision for what can be accomplished beyond the classroom in ministry. As a department we are actively sponsoring communication based mission trips through the ICE office. We have taken groups to Mexico, Peru, California, Florida and South East Asia