Joanna began acting in theatre early. She led interactive theatre workshops and toured with her school's Shakespeare company as a teen. After college, she started a theatre company doing devised theatre, leading workshops, and touring over the U.S.
Joanna studied with such talented teachers as Sally Johnson in New York City, mime and improv with Antonio Rocha, voice with Kristen Linklater, and on-camera acting with Jen Krater and Paolo Pagliacolo of Krater Studios in Los Angeles/NYC. Joanna completed her 2-year Meisner technique training under Eliza Van Cort at the Actors Workshop in Ithaca. In her passion for social justice, Joanna studied Theatre of the Oppressed techniques with Augusto Boal.
Joanna has appeared in many indie films and commercials, as well as in stage roles in Maine, New York, Louisiana and Florida. Lead roles include Shakespeare plays “Romeo & Juliet,” “Merry Wives of Windsor,” “15-Minute Hamlet,” and “45-Minute Othello.” See resume for full list of film and stage roles.
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Joanna was awarded the Best Director honor in the Maine One-Act Festival for “The Death of Trotsky.” She received a “Best Actress” nomination in the 2011 Jacksonville 48-Hour Film Festival. Joanna co-produced winner of the International Go-Green Film Competition, “The Other Half,” which was screened at the Academy in Los Angeles. Joanna appeared in and co-produced festival winner, “Manifesto.” Winner of the "Best Acting" award in the International 48-Hour Film Festival included Joanna's student for “Being Becca.”