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Joy DeMichelle

(she/her)

actress, qualified intimacy professional,  educator, healing arts practitioner and race-based stress specialist. 

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In addition to acting, Joy is an intimacy director, choreographer and coordinator which specializes in heightened storytelling that includes race based stress trauma.   As a healing arts professional, member of SAG-AFTRA, AEA, and ICOC. Joy works with productions to provide consensual and creative  storytelling.  Recently, Joy 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 IRON 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), Women of Color Unite (WOCU) and Intimacy Coordinators of Color (ICOC).   Joy is also the creator of Acting With Joy, a course for actors performing racially or emotionally charged content.  

 

Joy lives in Los Angeles with her husband and only daughter Zenzele, who is living her cinematography dreams.  

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