Let's raise vibrations and elevate consciousness with our art.
I AM JOY. An actress, teacher, coach, intimacy director, wellness practitioner and above all else, mother and wife; dedicated to delivering dynamic, consensual storytelling with our hearts + souls intact.
As the creator of Acting With Joy, Acting With Intimacy and Bolster Your Joy: Care for Creatives, I am thrilled to facilitate classes, workshops and circles for creative beings who desire to live and create joyfully.
Joy's work an actress has most recently been seen on stage in WACO Theatre's World Premier of MARTY AND THE HANDS THAT COULD (Los Angeles, CA - April thru May 2023), SWEAT at BCT (Boise, ID - January thru February 2023) and the US premier of NINE NIGHT at Roundhouse Theater, (Bethesda, MD - September thru October 2022).
Currently you can see Joy's work streaming on HULU’s limited series MIKE, as well as SNOWFALL, FOR THE PEOPLE, L-WORD: GENERATION Q and various others.
Her recent work as an intimacy coordinator can be seen in the upcoming films COLOR OF AUTUMN and 8:46pm. HARRIET ARRIVES. As an intimacy director her work has been seen at Bedlam Theatre (NYC), Tipping Point Theatre (Detroit) , Diversionary Theatre (San Diego) , Skylight Theatre (Los Angeles) and DeZart Arts in Palm Springs, CA. Joy has led cultural sensitivity and intimacy workshops for CBS Leadership Pipeline Challenge and Celebration Theatre.
She holds a MFA degree in performance (under the tutelage of William "Bill" Esper, Maggie Flanigan, Loyd Williamson, Lenard Petit and Hal Scott), where she received the Bettenbender Award for Outstanding Performance. Joy's earned her BFA from North Carolina A & T (HBCU).
Her professional affiliations include: Screen Actors Guild (SAG-AFTRA), Actors Equity (AEA), National Alliance of Acting Teachers (with Gregory Wallace, Michele Shay, Kenneth Noel Mitchell, Jeff Crocket, Hugh O'Gorman and Alexandra Billings), Urban Zen Integrative Therapists (lead by Rodney Yee, Colleen Saidman, Mary Taylor and Tracy Griffiths), MICHA: Michael Chekhov Association (with Joanna Merlin, Bethany Caputo and Ellie Heyman), 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, coaching/teaching actors, facilitating intimate scenes or holistic care, Joy can be found hanging with her family, or chilling at the beach.