Alaina Johns, the editor-in-chief of Broad Street Review, is a freelance writer and editor who landed squarely in what everyone says is the worst job of the 21st century. So she makes Philadelphia her classroom, writing about everything from spaceflight to toad migrations. Alaina has been a freelance journalist in Philadelphia since 2007, and specializes in covering arts and culture for publications throughout the Philadelphia region and beyond.
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What I learned about leadership as a Walnut Street Theatre apprentice
Time warp on Walnut Street
Alaina Johns is one of many Philadelphia professionals who got their start in the Walnut Street Theatre’s apprenticeship program, and the experience still influences her today.
Protect the Artist protestors make their demands outside the Walnut Street Theatre
Philly artists march to “crack the Nut”
On June 18, the activists of a newly formed Philly coalition, Protect the Artist, took their message to the streets with a protest outside the Walnut Street Theatre. An Nichols and Alaina Johns were there.
The Walnut says cease and desist, but Philly theater artists keep speaking up
“They are afraid of me”
After questioning the Walnut Street Theatre on Facebook, Philly performing artist Jenna Pinchbeck received a cease and desist letter on behalf of the Walnut and its artistic director, Bernard Havard. Pinchbeck talks with Alaina Johns about what’s next.
BSR is resuming in-person and indoor coverage: what you need to know
The arts go back inside
Last summer, BSR committed to keeping our coverage all-digital or all-outdoors until we saw a significant reduction in Covid-19 risk. Now we’re ready for an update. Alaina Johns explains.
Lightning Rod Special presents Lee Minora and Scott Sheppard’s ‘Nosejob’
A feminist fantasy?
Lightning Rod Special launches a new series of audio works with ‘Nosejob,’ a story that connects a 9th-century nunnery to modern college kids, asking what really makes up our fantasies. Alaina Johns reviews.
As we line up for Covid vaccines, can we better understand chronic illness?
An infinite ache
Some folks are worried about a day or two of vaccine side effects. Others handle symptoms like pain and fatigue for their whole lives. Alaina Johns considers how the vaccination line lets us reframe chronic illness.
After the riot at the Capitol, we’re affirming what the BSR team stands for
No to white supremacy
The January 6 insurrection at the US Capitol traumatized many Americans, whether we were shocked by it, or we were seeing what we already knew to be true. Editor Alaina Johns affirms what our executive team stands for in this moment and beyond.
If you think ramps and elevators are a good idea, why not support image descriptions, too?
Getting the full picture
If you’ve been curious about why BSR is describing images in addition to captioning them, or if you want to understand why this is important, Alaina Johns has an update.
Here’s what 2020 told us about the things we deserve in America
What are we worth?
This year gave us a lot to look back on, but we prefer to ask what about this agonizing, illuminating, terrifying year we’re carrying into the future. Kyle V. Hiller and Alaina Johns consider.
#LightsOn tells Philly leaders that our arts scene won’t survive without economic relief
Budgets ask how; the arts ask why
Another COVID lockdown grips Philadelphia through the end of the year. Many arts organizations were already on a precipice. BSR seconds a campaign from the Philadelphia Cultural Alliance and Philly Culture United for crucial economic relief.
The post-election country loves Philly for its fight—but what about our cultural scene?
The arts, the vote, and Philadelphia (you’re welcome, America)
Commentators across the country all have the same long list of examples proving that Philly takes no prisoners, but these viral round-ups are missing our artistic soul. Alaina Johns considers.
Lightning Rod Special presents ‘SUPERHOST’
Enjoy your stay (or else)
Lightning Rod Special’s ‘SUPERHOST’ imagines an Airbnb that isn’t as wonderful as it appears in a recording for distanced theatergoers in search of something creepy. Alaina Johns reviews.
Here’s why you aren’t seeing articles about Trump in BSR this election season
Just in case it needs to be said
If we don’t comment on the current White House, what can we comment on? Plenty, as it turns out—and focusing our energy away from the president is the perfect comment in itself. Alaina Johns explains.
In mourning RBG, don’t skip contacting your senators
The dreaded phone call
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died on Friday, Sept. 18. On Monday, the 21st, Alaina Johns contacted her senators (again). Does it even matter? Yes. Here’s why.
Philly Fringe 2020: Die-Cast presents ‘Temporary Occupancy’
A theatrical check-in
Originally destined for live performances in a hotel, Die-Cast’s ‘Temporary Occupancy’ is now an online experience that brings its travelers to our screen. Alaina Johns reviews.