Mr. Cimino-Johnson

Phone: 703-596-2105


Degrees and Certifications:

M.A. Certificate in Arts Administration: UConn M.A. in Drama Therapy: NYU B.A. in Theatre with a concentration in Interactive Theatre and a minor in Psychology: McDaniel College Certificate in School Culture and Violence from University of La Verne Certified in Theatre and Psychology Educational Affiliations Educational Theatre Association Virginia Thespians

Mr. Cimino-Johnson

Mr. Cimino-Johnson has received his Masters of Arts Certificate in Arts Administration from UConn, a Master of Arts from New York University in Drama Therapy, and a Bachelors of Arts in Theatre Arts with a minor in Psychology from McDaniel College.


Over the past ten years, Mr. Cimino-Johnson (CJ) has utilized theatre as a vehicle for self-expression, while creating a safe space for a diverse group of students within the academic venue. Mr. CJ founded Rock Ridge Performing Arts at Rock Ridge High School in 2014 with the help of Mr. Markwood, Miss Hess, and Mr. Johnson. Over 20% of the school is engaged in the theatre program at the school, either in classes or the after school program. Students graduating from Rock Ridge High School have the potential to graduate with 21 College Credits in Theatre, the first in the Nation to offer this opportunity. The '15, '16, '17, '18, and '19 students graduated from the program with over $6.1 Million Dollars of Scholarship Monies offered, and were accepted into some of the top schools in the country for theatre including, but not limited to, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, North Carolina School of the Arts, Carnegie Melon, Michigan State University, Northwestern, Boston Conservatory, Elon University, Univserity of the Arts in Philadelphia, Long Island University, Pace University, California Institute of the Arts, VCU, VTech, UVA and JMU, Ohio University, Miliken University, Studio School, AMDA.


Recent Accolades include "Bright Star" invitation to perform at the International Theatre Festival. 2018 Volunteer of the Year of through EdTA, 2017 Outstanding School Theatre Award, recognized as one of the top four programs in the country through the educational theatre association for the 2016 - 2017 school year. In 2016 South Eastern Theatre Conference Champions "Ernest and the Pale Moon", 2016, 2017, and 2018 Virginia Thespian Chapter Select, as well as Best Direction for "Aida", "Ghost: The Musical" and 27 awards through the National Youth Arts Awards 


Additionally, in 2016, Mr. Cimino-Johnson was recognized as an International Inspirational Theatre Educator of the Year, and Virginia's Theatre Teacher of the Year from the Educational Theatre Association. Mr. Cimino-Johnson loves teaching, and watching students grow and flourish in the fine and performing arts. 

  • SYLLABI 2019 - 2020



    A Day Schedule

    BLOCK 1: Planning

    BLOCK 2: Introduction to Film Studies - Room L601

    BLOCK 3: Technical Theatre 1/2 - Room 1816

    BLOCK 4: Rock Block


    B Day Schedule

    BLOCK 5: Drama Projects/Musical Theatre Room 1817

    BLOCK 6: Dual Enrollment - Intro. to Theatre - Room 1816

    BLOCK 7: Dual Enrollment - History, Literature, Performance - Room 1816

    BLOCK 8: Planning



    All courses will be using Google Classroom. Each Classroom will include the syllabus, a calendar, and assignments that are due. Sometimes classroom activities will be posted as well. 


    If you are the legal guardian, Mr. CJ will be adding you to your child's google classroom after they have registered. You can then decide how you would like notifications via email. If you have not been added and it is past the 2nd week of school, please email Mr. CJ at and request to be added.