Biography

 

Joyah is a creative jack-of-all-trades currently based in New York City. She grew up in Northern California before leaving to pursue her BFA in Musical Theatre with a minor in Dance from Otterbein University. 

There she co-founded the Mainstage Improv Team and began to develop her comedic voice. She has since travelled far and wide to hone those skills under the tutelage of comedic masterminds like  Anthony Atamanuik (NYC, Comedy Central's The President Show) Jill Bernard (MN, Huge Theatre), Jason Geary (Australia, Impro Melbourne) and Anders Fors (Sweden, Gbgimpro). She went on to become a company member of Reckless Theatre (NYC) and founded the internationally celebrated musical improv team, Charlie.

She has a huge passion for coaching improv and teaching creative workshops. Melding the European styles she has learned abroad with her own theatrical sensibility, Joyah has become a very unique coach in the New York Improv scene.

 

As an actor, Joyah has performed at many prestigious venues including Williamstown Theatre Festival, A.C.T. San Fransisco, New York Musical Festival, The New York Fringe Festival, 54 below, and Feinstein's at the Niko. You also can catch her on small screens in the TV show The Following (Fox), and starring in the upcoming short, Do You Dance, Ms. Parker?  (Harlot Productions).

Joyah has been lucky enough to lend her talents to some incredible new musicals that are currently in development. Highlights  include The Bad Years by Kait Kerrigan and Brian Lowdermilk, The Imaginary by Joshua Betancourt and Trent Jeffords, and Passing by Chandra Mcclelland and May-Elise Martinsen.

In recent years, Joyah has delved into directing and choreography.  Her shadow cast stagings of  Bottom Gun and The Rocky Horror Picture Show sold out at Reckless Theatre. She has since choreographed Not For Resale: Queer As Performance (NYU), Simone (Reckless Theatre),  Ghost Girl: The Webseries and directed My Fair Bernie by Sarah Delappe for Serials at The Flea.