From Adelaide, South Australia.
Joanne graduated with BCA Honours from Flinders University Drama Centre in 2005. Training performance credits include playing Gertrude in John Green’s production of Hamlet, Sophie in Portrait of a Woman and Lindsay in Neil Labute’s Some Girl(s).
She performed in Fitting Rooms at both the Adelaide and Melbourne Fringes and featured in Australian children’s musicals; Ready Set Go, Back to Before, Twinkle Twinkle and Zoe’s Lucky Charm. Joanne worked with The Rabble Theatre Company in Sydney and has performed twice in the Adelaide Cabaret Festival, as well as assisting Robyn Archer in her 2009 Cabaret Festival production of Que Reste-t'il?
Joanne made her directorial debut with the critically acclaimed South Australian Premiere of Long Gone Lonesome Cowgirls at the 2008 Adelaide Fringe Festival as well as devising and performing Ripple Effects - In Cabaret.
Later in 2008, Joanne joined UK based Theatre Tours International as publicity liaison for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She would eventually become General Manager and Tour Booker. She also starred alongside Guy Masterson in David Mamet’s Oleanna. Joanne toured the UK with this production, and brought it to the Adelaide Fringe in 2009 and 2011. For her performance of Carol in Oleanna, she was nominated for Emerging Artist of the Year by the Adelaide Critic’s Circle.
Joanne has been the producer of the Centre for International Theatre (CIT) since its inauguration in 2010 to much critical acclaim. She has worked with award-winning international companies, producers and artists, and has presented over 25 international theatre productions in Australia. Titles include: Scaramouche Jones, Weights, Outland, The Boy James, The Event, Austen’s Women, The Sociable Plover, Smiler, Bully, The Ballad Of The Unbeatable Hearts, Under Milk Wood, Fern Hill & Other Dylan Thomas, The Half, The Six-Sided Man, I, Elizabeth, Shylock, Goering’s Defence, Mussolini, Adolf, American Poodle, Phoenix Rising, Imperial Fizz, Driving Miss Daisy, Spitfire Solo, Westward Ho! and Animal Farm.
In 2011, Joanne performed as Elspeth in the World Premiere of Molly’s Shoes and as Annie Wilkes in the sell-out season of Misery at the Bakehouse Theatre, which returned for a second season in the 2012 Adelaide Fringe. Joanne was nominated for Best Female Performance (Professional) by the Adelaide Theatre Guide for her portrayal of Annie Wilkes. Joanne also directed short film The Strange Man, produced by Actors Ink, which premiered in March 2012 in association with Foundation 21. She also took part in the short film Two Sides (directed by Mike Green), premiering as a part of Flickerfest's 2013 National Tour.
In 2012, Joanne performed with Michael Morley at the Port Fairy Music Festival with Sing Your Own Musicals. In 2013, Joanne produced the Croatian political drama Who Wants To Kill Yulia Tymoshenko? and The Inventor and The Escort from New York, USA, in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Joanne produced The Bunker Trilogy as part the 2014 Adelaide Fringe Festival. The production won The Adelaide Advertiser’s “Pick of the Fringe – Best Theatre” award and the Adelaide Fringe BankSA “Best Theatre” award. Then, Joanne produced 7 plays in the 2014 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, including a 25 person adaptation of George Orwell’s Animal Farm from Tbilisi (Georgia) with Artistic Director Keti Dolidze and the Tumanishvili Film Actor’s Theatre of Georgia. She also produced Nuala McKeever’s black comedy In The Window, and new bio-drama Bill Clinton Hercules. Other Productions that year included Scaramouche Jones, Anthem For A Doomed Youth, Under Milk Wood and Fern Hill & Other Dylan Thomas.
Television credits include the role of Beatrice Flanagan in Changed Forever (Foxtel History Channel) and Clementine Churchill in the mini-series Deadline Gallipoli, which premiered on Foxtel on Anzac Day, 2015.
Joanne produced Call Mr Robeson in the 2015 Adelaide Fringe Festival with Tayo Aluko, and Elena Carapetis’ new Australian play The Good Son, directed by Corey McMahon.
Joanne produced her first black comedy off-off-broadway in New York: Allen Wilder 2.0 by Matt Morillo. She will be producing a second production of this play in LA in April 2017, as well as a remount of Matt Morillo’s The Inventor and The Escort.
The 2016 Adelaide Fringe marked Joanne’s 10th consecutive year of being a participating artist. This year she ran two venues - The Queens Theatre (the oldest theatre on mainland Australia) and the Noel Lothian Hall in the Adelaide Botanic Gardens. The Adelaide Advertiser awarded the Best New Venue to the Queens Theatre, and the Noel Lothian Hall was home to the Award Winning Bunker Trilogy that Joanne also co-produced and presented. The Bunker Trilogy was named Best Return Season by the Advertiser, and won the Adelaide Critic’s Circle Weekly Choice Award.
Joanne produced Dylan Thomas’ Under Milk Wood at the Norwood Concert Hall with Guy Masterson, and the Pulitzer Prize nominated monologue Thom Pain (based on nothing) at The German Club with David Calvitto.
At the Queens, she presented What Would Spock Do? with Sam Donnelly and The Flanagan Collective’s shows (Fable, Babylon and Sherlock Holmes: A Working Hypothesis), whom were also named Best Collective of the Fringe by The Advertiser. Joanne also produced South Australian performer Delia Olam in “Just let the wind untie my perfumed hair...” or Who Is Tahirih?
Joanne supervised and presented an ensemble of over 20 South Australian teenagers to create the play A Minute In The Schoolyard - a show entirely devised, directed, written, operated and performed by students at Actors Ink aged between 13 and 18 years. The young performers celebrated their first Fringe with a sold out season and very positive reviews for the newcomers.
As well as hosting 6 other productions at the Queens Theatre, Joanne also took to the stage this Fringe and performed with South Australian company ‘Waxing Lyrical’ in a new play by Adelaide Playwright Liam Ormsby called The Storm, also to excellent reviews.
In the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Joanne produced “Just let the wind untie my perfumed hair...” or WHO IS TAHIRIH? from Adelaide, and All Aboard The Marriage Hearse from Los Angeles.
Joanne’s work in Arts over 10 years has been impressive and prolific. She has brought many international companies to Adelaide to showcase their productions and in doing so has earnt a reputation of producing work of integrity. As a theatre-maker appearing on and working in international platforms, Joanne has proudly promoted the quality of artists and art coming from South Australia.