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In addition to being a classically trained actress, Joy is an intimacy director/coordinator, certified Integrative Therapist and life coach.  She uses her various trainings and years of experience, as a foundation to her holistic approach toward consensual, culturally competent, trauma informed and compelling storytelling.  Joy is currently in pre-production for HEDDA GABLER and WINTER'S TALE at Bedlam Theatre in NYC and most recently, completed intimacy direction for Skylight Theatre/Playwrights Arena, Theatre Horizon, Picts Theatre and Williamette University. 

 

As an actress, Joy can also be seen in HULU’s upcoming limited series MIKE as well as episodes of SNOWFALL, FOR THE PEOPLE, L-WORD: GENERATION Q and others. She is scheduled to appear in the US premier of NINE NIGHT at Roundhouse Theater, Fall 2022.  Joy is also a co-host of The Lortel Theatre’s podcast, LIVE at THE LORTEL; lifting the voices of BIPOC and LGBTQ+ artists exploring arts and advocacy.

 

She holds a MFA degree in performance under the tutelage of William "Bill" Esper, Maggie Flanigan, Loyd Williamson, Lenard Petit and Hal Scott and a BFA from (HBCU) North Carolina A & T.  Joy has trained in Intimacy Direction with ICOC, TIE and IDC.  Her memberships include: Screen Actors Guild (SAG-AFTRA), Actors Equity (AEA), Urban Zen Integrative Therapists (UZIT, use- it), Women of Color Unite (WOCU) and Intimacy Coordinators of Color (ICOC).   

 

Joy lives in Los Angeles with her husband and only daughter Zenzele, who is living her cinematography dreams.  When not acting or choreographing intimate scenes, Joy can occasionally be found teaching, hosting self-care workshops or chilling at the beach.

 “I am passionate about creating consensual, compelling and dynamic storytelling while keeping our hearts and souls intact.”