Meet the artists
Nicole Johnson, Atlanta native and a founding artist of Fly on a Wall, is thrilled to find herself a part of an organism grown from the fertile and creative grounds of the vibrant city of Atlanta. As a young artist, she trained at The Atlanta Ballet Center for Dance Education, and joined the Atlanta Ballet in 2006. She has performed works by numerous choreographers, including George Balanchine, Diane Coburn Bruning, Alan Hineline, Stephen Mills, Micheal Pink, Stanton Welch, Lila York, John McFall and Lauri Stallings. In 2009 she began to explore more contemporary work with dance maker Lauri Stallings, leading to the formation of gloATL, a platform for contemporary movement language and physical gesture. While with glo, she was a part of numerous experiences created for Atlanta and beyond, from Rapt in 2009 to The Social Animal in 2013. Nicole has worked intimately with a number of artists across many mediums and this has given her the understanding that all work is truly collaborative at heart. This belief led to the creation of Fly on a Wall.
Jimmy Joyner is a creative spirit from West Tennesse who joined the Fly on a Wall team in April of 2019. Jimmy has performed with Nashville Ballet 2, Wonderbound (previously Ballet Nouveau Colorado), and gloATL. He has also worked as a textile and costume artist as well as a certified yoga instructor. Jimmy is deeply committed to the work of Fly on a Wall and is honored to be a part of this beautiful team.
Nicholas Goodly is a moving artist and poet from Atlanta, Georgia who joined the Fly on a Wall team in May of 2019. Nicholas is a recipient of the 2017 Poetry Society of America Chapbook Fellowship. A Cave Canem Fellow, they received an MFA from Columbia University, was awarded the second place prize for New South Poetry Contest, was a semi-finalist in the 2018 Discovery/ Boston Review Contest, finalist in the 2017 Tennessee Williams Poetry Contest and a finalist in the 2016 Academy of American Poets Prize. Nicholas is the writing editor of WUSSY Magazine and Critics Choice for Best Poet 2018 in Creative Loafing Atlanta. They were a moving artist with GloATL and continued to collaborate with other Atlanta choreographers as well as created original works through word, installation and performance.