About the Author

Anne Johnstonbrown

Anne Johnstonbrown is a Los Angeles-based actor, songwriter, teacher and author. She has a Master's Degree in Theatre Arts and has worked as an Adjunct Professor at several Southern California universities, including The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Los Angeles, where in the past she has taught Acting, Auditioning and the Business of Acting.

Anne is the author of several books of varying genres, including children’s and mainstream fiction and non-fiction. Her most celebrated works are The 10 Commandments of Theater and True to archeType: A Guide to Characterization in Comedy, both published by Smith & Kraus, the world’s largest publisher of theatre arts books. Several of Anne's books can be accessed for purchase from this website (click HERE).  

Anne's book, My Name’s Lyman (written under her pseudonym, Lily-Marie Taylor), was recently adapted into a live theatre production, LYMAN the Musical, which includes many of her original compositions and confronts the never-more-important subject of homelessness. A staged reading of the show occurred in May of 2016, starring Ted Lange (Isaac from Love Boat). The show is now in its 5th iteration and guest stars Lou Beatty Jr. of Betty White's Off Their Rockers. Learn why Anne wrote the book at "Why I Wrote Lyman."

In addition to writing and acting, Anne is also an award-winning audiobook producer and has released nearly 100 audiobooks, many of which are the works of New York Times and USA Today best-selling authors. She is a proud member of SAG,  AFTRA and the AEA, as well as the Dramatists Guild.

Play Synopsis


When a woman meets a homeless man she thinks she recognizes, she wonders if his life would have been different had he made different choices. Was he really a hero like he claims to have been? If he wasn't on the streets, where would he be? From these questions, we take a journey through the various universes in which Lyman would have existed, and we learn the truth about how choices affect destiny and what it really means to be a hero.


LYMAN sets out to change society's perception of the homeless...

"If we could accept the truth that all homeless people are capable of being heroes and all people are capable of being homeless, then perhaps homelessness could once and for all be solved."

- Anne Johnstonbrown


Robin S. - "Something so much bigger going on here."

Jeannette C. - "Moving and thought provoking."

Connie V. - "It's the sort of art that will inspire folks to take action. So glad to have been in the audience to witness your creativity and gift!"

Bill K. - "You will never know the full effect of what happened in your show last night but it did change some people!"

Michael A. - "My family from Concord N.H. thought it was fantastic. My sister told me that her eyes teared up."


Penny F. - "Fantastic! Compelling! Intriguing! Bravo!"


Nasser I. - "Me and my girlfriend loved this play. I am a homeless x-felon/motivational speaker, student at Chaffey. My friend who stays with me is a homeless vet. Me and her were in tears very emotional."

Dan B. - "Anne, wanted you to know my wife and I THOROUGHLY enjoyed seeing "Lyman" at the Grove Theater in Upland this past Sunday evening. The actors were both dynamic and mesmerizing....Performances to behold indeed. Great work and theme. Thank You for sharing."

The Hollywood Spotlight

The Interview

It was our honor to be interviewed by famed marketing expert Joie Gharrity for her web show, The Hollywood Spotlight Series, on April 17, 2018. I was joined by LYMAN alum, Veronica Crystal Young, who brilliantly plays Older Marilyn in the show. We discussed our careers in Hollywood, as well as my creative process for bringing LYMAN The Musical to life. 


Click the link below to watch the entire video-taped interview (15 minutes).


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