Lisa Johnson Mitchell holds an MFA from Bennington College, where she was mentored by Rachel Pastan, Alice Mattison, Jill McCorkle and David Gates. During her last term, she was an Assistant Graduate Fellow in Fiction. One of her stories was honored in the 2017 Glimmer Train Fiction Open and was a Semi-Finalist in the 2016 ScreenCraft Cinematic Short Story Contest. Another placed in the top 4% of submissions in the CRAFT Elements Contest. Other stories have been published in the Rumble Fish Quarterly, Litro Magazine, Red Fez, Deep South Magazine and Flash Fiction Magazine (twice). She received an Honorable Mention for a story from the Dallas Chapter of PEN Women and was a resident at the Vermont Studio Center, where she studied with Barry Hannah.

In 2015, her screenplay Everything But Love was a Quarter-Finalist in the ScreenCraft Comedy Competition in Los Angeles. In 2014, it was a semifinalist (Comedy Category) in the Screenplay Festival in Los Angeles, as well as an Official Selection in the Beverly Hills Film Festival. Lizzie Skurnick, New York Times editor of That Should Be a Word, has featured two words she coined on her Twitter page. See one of them here

In 2014, she was one of seven writers selected to perform and read her true story during Oral Fixation at the Wyly Theater in the Arts District in downtown Dallas. Oral Fixation is akin to The Moth. www.oralfixationshow.com. She also made the Top 3 in the 1-Minute Monologue Contest in Clay Banks Studio in LA.  

She co-directed/produced a documentary film, His Name is Bob that screened in nine festivals across the U.S. Everywhere from Mammoth in Cali to Red Rocks in Utah to Hoboken in the Garden State. The film aired on The Documentary Channel for a year and can be streamed on Amazon Prime, Google Play, Vimeo, YouTube Movie Rentals and SnagFilms. Bob and the film were featured on the cover of The Dallas Morning News. It was also was voted by the Dallas Observer as one of the Top 10 Music Documentaries in Dallas.

She co-wrote/directed a piece in Jill Soloway’s (Transparent) underground comedy venue, Sit ‘N Spin at the HBO Workspace in Los Angeles. Melanie Hutsell (SNL, Bridesmaids, Transparent), and Johnson Mitchell worked together to create it and Hutsell performed the piece. Sarah Silverman was on the show that night, as was Scott Buck, executive producer of Dexter.

She is a copywriter and has been for over 30 years in the ad world. Her New York agency experience includes Wells, Rich Green; Della Femina, Travisano and Partners; BBDO and Ogilvy & Mather. In Dallas, she has worked at t:m (formerly Temerlin McClain); Integer; Rapp Collins; WFAA-TV; imc2; Tribal DDB and TPN. She has won Clios, Addys, Tellys, a Communications Arts award and an Emmy. Her work has also been included in Lurzer’s Archive.

She has written numerous plays. One of them received a staged reading at the Tamarind Theater in Los Angeles. She is a graduate of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. Contact her at lisa.johnson7@gmail.com. Follow her on Twitter here.