joy (joi)

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.


As an advocate for conscious heart-centered living, Joy followed her deep calling to share healing modalities that brought her calm in the chaos.  This led her to hosting workshops, circles and programs as a space for women, mothers and creative professionals to connect, live and create joyfully.


Joy is certified as an Urban Zen Integrative Therapist, Transformational Life Coach, practitioner in the Usui Reiki System and Restorative Yoga.

I love acting, however it is the role of wife and mother that prompted a journey of deep self-discovery that allows me to share holistic pathways to joy.


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?​​

Bill Esper "Good actors adjust the text to the inner emotion created by their response to the other actor."

Hal Scott "Track the script, the answers are there."

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.

I am here to collaborate with people who explore the complexities of the human experience and make a difference with art.   Through nurturing your true desires you can Bolster Your Joy.

Continuous Joy,

 Joy DeMichelle

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