Hi there! I am Joanne, born and raised in NYC, where I earned my B.A. in Drama from Hofstra University and my dual master’s degrees in Theater and English Education from New York University. I have years of experience in directing and acting professionally in New York. I have also worked as a teaching artist for seven years, in addition to facilitating workshops, throughout New York City. I recently sold my theatre in North Hollywood called: The Avery Schreiber Playhouse, where I produced over a hundred plays and children shows. I also taught drama at the prestigious Brentwood School.
Let me coach you in the area of the Performing Arts you need help with. I have taught many successful artists who are now performing in hit television shows, singing alongside Placido Domingo at the LA Opera, and writing hit Off Broadway productions. My approach is individualized to cater to the specific needs of the student I work with. I specialize in Acting, Directing, Playwriting, Producing, and Public Speaking. I teach in person in both Los Angeles and NYC. Please contact me if you prefer in person coaching to find out what city I am in! Otherwise, online works perfectly!
I run my own theater company, which produces, writes and performs it's own shows. My shows have gone Off Broadway and have been hit sellers in Los Angeles. You can find my reviews online!
I started The Magic Mirror Theater Company in 2009 because I was motivated to teach young people the Theater Arts in an environment where they were actively participating in the production. My motto was: Why spend money on acting classes when you can learn and be in a professional theater production? My youth theater company specialized in providing young actors (ages 5 to 18) the opportunity to learn theater in a supportive environment where integrity, commitment, trust and creativity lied at the heart of the program. My students went on and booked lead parts in hit television shows, commercials, theater productions, as well as the La Opera! I still coach many of them today.
I was hired to take over for the drama teacher at the prestigious Brentwood School who needed to take a maternity leave. My students and I successfully produced two shows during that time, in which were entirely wrote and directed by the students.
I was hired to launch the first Drama and Dance Department at Junior Highs School 194 in Whitestone, Queens. This program is still thriving. I am very proud of the work I did with these students. As a NYC teacher I was held accountable for meeting standards and holding students accountable for their work.