the emotion evoked by well-being, success, good fortune or
by the prospect of possessing
what one desires:
Joy Brings Joy
I raise consciousness, create awareness, change
narratives and bring joy through the craft of acting.
I graduated from the Louisville Youth Performing Arts High School, continued my studies at North Carolina A & T State University with a BFA in theatre, and earned my MFA at Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts where I received the Jack Bettenbender Award for Outstanding Performance. Upon graduation l began working right away off-Broadway and in regional theatres throughout the country.
Favorite Teachers and Takeaways?
Maggie Flanigan - "Don't be tepid."
Loyd Williamson "It's ok, it's ok, it's ok to feel what you are feeling."
Israel Hicks "Joy, ask for what you want."
After school I traveled a bit and after my second trip to Zimbabwe, I returned to NYC and decided to pack it up. I purchased a one-way ticket and headed west to Los Angeles. Los Angeles is where I married and had my only child. Prior to making motherhood my greatest "life goes on activity" and personal development a way of life, I had the honor of working along side outstanding talents and Academy Award nominees such as - Mrs. Ruby Dee, Sidney Poitier, Tim Roth, Forest Whitaker, Taraji P. Henson, Stephen Henderson, Anna Deavere Smith, and various other creative professionals. I am excited to experience all of the beautiful collaborations and opportunities life is bringing my way.
Joy is also the founder of Heal + Create Art, an emerging creative collective of diverse artists focused on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Truthful Creative Expression and Growth.