CLIFFORD LEE JOHNSON III [CLJ3] is a creative consultant for a growing number of writers and producers. His projects have included script analysis, creative packaging, organizing readings, producing, and project-placement for such clients and associates as the Manhattan Theatre Club, the National Music Theatre Conference at the O’Neill Theatre Center, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Robyn Goodman (AVENUE Q), Jeffrey Seller (HAMILTON), Kevin McCollum (IN THE HEIGHTS), Blake Hunter (WHO’S THE BOSS?), Stephen Fischer (MY SISTER SAM), and Michael Pressman (LAW & ORDER: SVU).

“Lee Johnson has the instincts of a successful producer,

and the courtly manner of a good psychiatrist.”

                                                                                                        ~ John Patrick Shanley

                                                                                       “Doubt” (Pulitzer Prize)

                                                                                       “Moonstruck” (Academy Award)

“Lee Johnson has a keen eye and deep understanding of musical theater.  If you choose to work with him he will guide you with a gentle but firm hand that will only better your play or musical.”

~ Robyn Goodman

Producer, “Avenue Q” and “In the Heights”

”I worked with Lee Johnson for over 20 years, and during that time I found him to be among the elite at analyzing and developing plays and musicals.  He brings tremendous acumen and insight into every project he works on.  Artists value his perceptive help and really benefit from his guidance.  He collaborates equally well with writers and producers.  He is an unusually gifted artist and midwife.  I give him my highest recommendation.”

~ Lynne Meadow

Artistic Director, Manhattan Theatre Club

“I have worked with Lee Johnson and I have found that his knowledge of the craft of playwriting and his ability to share the ins and outs of the theatrical business are incredibly helpful to my work and my projects.  His contributions are unique and valuable, and I will continue to engage his expertise on my future projects as well.“

~ Michael Pressman

Director, “Come Back, Little Sheba” [Broadway]

Director, “Law & Order: SVU” [television]


There are many steps between an idea and a fully realized production. How do you know when your script is ready for production? Should it have a reading? How do you find a producer, a director, or a theater? Should you go outside of New York first, to Off-Broadway first, or straight to Broadway? Where can you find a professional adviser who can provide reliable, experienced analysis and advice? 


My experience developing and producing enables me to help writers bring their projects to fruition. My connections in New York, Los Angeles, and regional theaters enables me to match writers with the proper collaborators when they are ready.

If you want to discuss how I can help you or your project, please contact me. As you’ll see, my fees are reasonable.


Top: Clifford Lee Johnson III

Middle: CLJ3 and Lori Goodman

Bottom: CLJ3