Joanna is a playwright and arts education specialist from Sydney.
A graduate of the NIDA Playwright’s Studio, her writing career was kick started when, at the age of 18, she won the Sydney Theatre Company Young Playwrights Award for her first play.
Joanna was awarded the 2019 Silver Gull Play Award for Field of Vision and the 2016 Silver Gull Play Award and Ensemble Theatre’s Stages Reading for People Will Think You Don’t Love Me. She was shortlisted for the 2012 Philip Parsons Award (Belvoir) for K.I.J.E. (Tamarama Rock Surfers, Old Fitzroy Theatre). She was a core writer for Australian Theatre For Young People’s (ATYP) Fresh Ink program and is a member of writers’ collective ISM. Her plays have been staged at the Old Fitzroy Theatre, ATYP, NIDA, Griffin Theatre, Old 505 Theatre, KXT, New Theatre, Slide Bar, Bondi Pavilion, Sidetrack Theatre, and in hundreds of schools around Australia.
A former high school teacher, Joanna is also an arts education specialist and is the Head of Education at Bell Shakespeare where she has worked for ten years. She is passionate about writing for and working with young audiences, and has written touring shows for Bell Shakespeare, Camp Quality and Poetry In Action. Her monologue Boot was originally produced by atyp, published by Currency Press, and commissioned for film, screening at Dungog and Cockatoo Island Film Festivals, and was shortlisted for the You Tube Your Film Festival.