Johnny has participated in more than 100 stage or film projects.
As the founder of the Utah Repertory Theater Company, he has produced numerous plays and musicals throughout Utah.
He has worked with acclaimed composer Frank Wildhorn (Jekyll & Hyde, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Bonnie & Clyde), Tony nominated-actor Terrence Mann (Beauty & the Beast, Les Misérables, Pippin), Tony-nominated book writer Hunter Bell ([title of show]), award-winning musical theater composer Adam Gwon (Ordinary Days, Bernice Bobs Her Hair, Scotland PA) and Drama Desk-nominated and Outer Critics' Circle Award Winner Laurence O'Keefe (Heathers the Musical, Bat Boy, Legally Blonde: The Musical), S. Asher Gelman (Afterglow, safeword, The Greatest City in the World) and Drew Fornarola (Straight, Molly Shannon’s Tilly the Trickster, Madame Mathieu’s Soirée). The association with these acclaimed theater artists included inviting and sponsoring them to visit Salt Lake City to present workshops and seminars, a wholly unique achievement for a regional theater company.
Johnny is the Founder and the first Artistic Director of the award-winning Utah Repertory Theater Company and has produced the bulk of the company’s theater productions. The innovative company has been recognized as Best Theater Company of the Year from BroadwayWorld and has received City Weekly Best of Utah honors and BroadwayWorld Regional Awards for shows Johnny produced. [title of show] received City Weekly Arty Awards for Best of State production, and stagings of Rent and the regional premiere of Doubt were honored as Best of the Year by Utah Theatre Bloggers Association.
For Bonnie & Clyde, the show’s lead actors and director were able to meet personally with Composer Frank Wildhorn during preproduction. And a member of the original Broadway cast, Talon Ackerman, who created the role of Young Clyde on Broadway, attended a performance and joined the cast and audience members for a post-performance talkback.
Amadeus was recognized as BroadwayWorld’s Regional Best Play and Roger Dunbar named Best Actor for his performance as Antonio Salieri. BroadwayWorld selected A Little Night Music as one of its top five Utah productions for the year.
Utah Rep hosted the Tony-nominated [title of show] Author Hunter Bell for opening weekend celebrations and invited theater students and theatergoers to his popular Die, Vampire, Die! workshop. Adam Gwon, the composer-playwright of Ordinary Days, was also a guest on opening night, marking production 100 of his musical. Ordinary Days was nominated for two City Weekly Arty Awards: Best Production and Best Actress, Brighton Hertford. Additionally, Bare received awards from City Weekly and Utah Theatre Bloggers Association.
Utah Rep also participated in the Great Salt Lake Fringe Festivals, producing original works, including Exposure, which received the festival’s top honor, the Audience Choice Award.
Utah rep Awards
Utah Rep Best Regional Theater BroadwayWorld, Johnny Hebda, Artistic Director
Johnny Hebda, BroadwayWorld Best Regional Director, Bare
Johnny Hebda, BroadwayWorld Best Regional Actor, Bonnie & Clyde
Bare, Utah Theatre Bloggers Best Regional Production, Johnny Hebda, Director
Bare, BroadwayWorld Best Regional Production, Johnny Hebda, Director
Carrie, Utah Theatre Bloggers Best Production of Year, Johnny Hebda, Director
The Bridges of Madison County, BroadwayWorld Best Regional Production, Johnny Hebda, Director
Kiss of the Spider Woman, BroadwayWorld Best Regional Production, Johnny Hebda, Director
Amadeus, BroadwayWorld Best Regional Production
Afterglow, BroadwayWorld Best Regional Production
Sweeney Todd, BroadwayWorld Best Regional Production
A Little Night Music, BroadwayWorld Best Regional Production
[title of show], City Weekly Arty Award
The Bridges of Madison County, City Weekly Pick
Bare, City Weekly, Best Production
Rent, Utah Theatre Bloggers Best Production
Doubt: A Parable, Utah Theatre Bloggers Best Production