Johanna Smith has been a professor of Theatre Education, American Childhood, Improvisation, and Puppetry at CSU-San Bernardino since 2000. She has been directing award-winning Children’s Theatre performances for over 15 years. She has served as an artist and educator for venues from professional theatres to museums to colleges to preschools. She is a frequent presenter on puppetry as a powerful educational and artistic tool for teachers, and has an international presence. Her production of The Odyssey (director, puppet design) toured to the PuppetFair puppet festival in Sofia, Bulgaria in 2008, followed by a tour of 4 major Chinese cities for the Chonqing Children’s Theatre season in 2009. She has written and received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and TCG. She also created and teaches one of CSUSB’s most popular courses, The Cultures of American Childhood, a Humanities offering that is highly sought after by all majors. She very proudly works with the California Arts Project and Arts for All in LA and serves on the board of AATE, the American Alliance for Theatre and Education. She believes in the power of laughter and creative re-use to inspire a love of learning.