Joanne first started volunteering at Nightwood Theatre in Toronto as a production assistant and at other theatres as an usher. After one year, (the minimum amount of time she feels is enough to feel integrated into the theatre scene) she knew one thing for sure, she would not be pursuing acting as a profession. Laughing she tells the story of one of her professors telling her class that “if you like anything else (besides acting), do that!” So what else did Joanne like? Directing. Joanne tells me that “theatre artists have to decide where they want to put their effort.” Directing, Joanne knows she’s doing what she’s supposed to do. It pumps up her adrenaline, lights up her brain and she says that when she’s directing, she “feels the most articulate.”
After working at Canadian Stage as the Artistic and Company Manager, and now at the Toronto Fringe Festival as the Interim General Manager, Joanne is interested in leadership positions and enjoys arts administration. She says that she would one day (as would most directors) like to direct on the main stage. For now, she is having a fantastic time in indie theatre with a long list of shows under her belt and will continue working on productions that challenge her.