Projects and News (in order of most current):
Joelle is asked to participate in a special performance in benefit of the Alice Paul Institute of NJ, in partnership with Speranza Theatre company. The play is a story of Alice Paul's niece (played by Joelle) and her best friend as they create a name for themselves in the bootlegging world of the 1920s Prohibition! It tells the true story of the origin of Ms. Birdie Brown, and her legendary "hooch" [whiskey] recipe.
Directed by Mikaela Kafka, written by Noelle Brower
• July-Sept 2023:
Joelle returns to Speranza Theatre Company, beginning rehearsals for their brand new show "A Chain Around The World"! Performances preview mid-Sept.
"Travel around the world with Nellie Bly as she races to beat the record set by the fictional Phileas Fogg in Jules Verne's "Around the World in 80 Days!" On November 14, 1889, The World's convention-defying newspaper reporter set sail from Hoboken NJ on a daring adventure that awed the nation and changed her life forever."
• May 2023:
Joelle is asked to return to Vivid Stage to participate in the reading of the new show, "The Festial Quartet" by David Lee White, as highschool student Karen, harboring a dark secret in the wake of the death of her friend. Directed by artistic director Laura Ekstrand.
• April 2023:
Joelle is asked to act in the NJ Women's Playwriting Series, at Centenary Stage Company, in one of the final selections. The play, "Jane, The Queens Foole", by Barbara Blatner, tells the story of the first, and potentially only, documented female fool in medieval England's history. Joelle played the religious ["Bloody"] Queen Mary, and the play spans from before her reign to her crowning, and then eventual death. Directed by Georgia Guy.
•Nov 2023 - June 2023
Joelle is traded more than the NFL around the theatres in NJ as a wigs worker/runner/supervisor:
"Joy" at George Street Playhouse (starring Erika Henningsen), by Ken Davenport and AnnMarie Milazzo, wig design by Liz Printz
"Between Two Knees" at McCarter Theatre, directed by Eric Ting, written by the 1491s, wig design by Younghawk Bautista
"Putnam County Spelling Bee" at George Street Playhouse, directed by Colin Hanlon, wig design Tommy Kurzman.
"Blues for an Alabama Sky" (starring Crystal Dickinson), directed by Nicole A. Watson, wig design by Tommy Kurzman.
"Two Sisters and a Piano" (starring Eden Espinosa), directed/written by Nilo Cruz, wig design by Tom Watson.
(And even managed to fit in a few readings as an actor between!! Listed above.)
• October 2022:
Joelle signs with The Luedtke Agency while on tour for "The Lightning Thief"!
• July-December 2022:
Joelle is cast in Theatreworks USA's new reimagined production of "The Lightning Thief: the Musical", slated for a brand new national tour. Directed by Josiah Davis ("Mr. Saturday Night"), and working alongside the original Broadway composer and writer, Joe Tracz and Rob Rokicki, the show has been shortened slightly from their original version (TYA) and revamped for its life post-Broadway with Theatreworks. In this whirlwind of a production, Joelle will be playing Sally Jackson, Clarisse, The Oracle, Aunty Em, and a number of other roles. The tour for this new show sets off across the United States the first week in October and comes to an eventual close for the new year.
• May-June 2022:
Joelle goes on the tech teams for two major theatres in their spring productions as a Wig Runner and Wig Supervisor: "A Walk on the Moon" at Georgestreet Playhouse (wig design Charles G. LaPointe) and "Three Sisters" at Two River Theatre (wig design Carissa Thorlakson). During this time, Joelle lived at the theatres and ran the shows; wig work in the theatre is a serious passion of Joelle's outside of acting.
• April-May 2022:
Joelle, along with other Cause and FX company members, Stephen Davis and Erik Gaden, begin fight choreography and fight direction for "She Kills Monsters" (by Qui Nyugen) with High Tech High School in Secaucus, NJ.
• Feb-March 2022:
Joelle joins the cast of "Clue: Live!" at the Brook Arts Center as Yvette! Directed by Jamie Lee Hannigan, the hilarious production played several sold-out performances.
A private reading at Vivid Stage of original play "The Neighborhood Project" by Artistic Director Laura Ekstrand. The biographical show depicts the real stories of a group of people, and their experiences emigrating to America. Joelle portrayed Bibiana, a brand-new American, newly emigrated from Italy.
• Nov 2021 - Jan 2022:
Joelle joins the cast of "A Child's Christmas in Wales" at the Shakespeare Theatre of NJ!
• August-Sept 2021:
Joelle was in New Jersey Repertory Company's New Play Festival in:
"What Are You Running From" by Matthew McShane
Directed by Lindy Regan
with Darin Earl (far left) and David M. Farrington
(Shot by Sunjay Venkatraman)
**Joelle was nominated for a "Best Supporting Actor" BroadwayWorld Award for their role.
• May 2021:
Joelle participates in Dreamcatcher Theatre Rep's
New Play Reading series in "Water in My Hands" by Emma Gibson, as Sorrel, a young woman grieving the loss of her partner after a tragic accident.
Full series pamphlet and bios here.
• April-May 2021:
Joelle is brought on to perform in new musical "The Most Incredible Thing", written and composed by Dave Maglione.
The production is presented as a collaboration between the Mac-Hayden Theatre and Pleasant Valley Productions.
BroadwayWorld Article here.
• Feb-April 2021:
Joelle directs an in-person production of A Midsummer Night's Dream as a benefit for small business/event space Chamber 43 in New Brunswick, NJ.
From here, they would begin to form their own Shakespeare company, testing a group of actors hopeful to do more when COVID restrictions are lifted.
The show does a sold-out run.
• January 2021:
Joelle wraps the movie "Votes for Women", a filmed version of the play touring around NJ in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment. She reprises her role as young Alice Paul.
The movie was filmed on-location at the Alice Paul institute (COVID guidelines enforced).
Joelle was then interviewed (a second time) for State of the Arts NJ with Speranza Theatre Company Artistic Director, Heather Wahl.
The full TV Segment can be found under "Videos".
• August 2020:
Joelle is interviewed for News 12 NJ as part of "Votes for Women" with Speranza Theatre Company. The feature is aired on television Thursday, August 27th.
• July-August 2020:
Joelle signs the contract for "Votes for Women" for Speranza Theatre Company in the role of Alice Paul, the early 1900s suffragette. The entire process, and shows, are socially distant and compliant with CDC guidelines in the wake of COVID-19.
The shows are outdoors at various historic locations around Jersey City -- http://speranzatheatrecompany.com/
• April-May 2020:
Joelle rehearses for Titus Andronicus over Zoom with Revolución Latina.
• March 2020:
Joelle begins rehearsals for "Bru: A Musical Commentary" (as Bruriah), written by Karen Kuflik, and set for a reading at La Mama. After a few rehearsals, all productions/production houses in NYC are shut down due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
A number of Joelle's other projects are postponed.
• March 2020:
Joelle joins Premiere Stages for a second year as an actor in their 21st Century Hubbard Middle School monologue-writing residency.
"The showcase is the culmination of six weeks of residency sessions that our teaching artists are carrying out at Hubbard Middle School in Plainfield, New Jersey. The residency is part of the 21st Century Grant, which brings various extra-curricular programs to after-school sessions in the school district. The students will have written short plays, and seeing professional actors take their words seriously is a deeply impactful (and fun!) experience for them. "
• February 2020:
Awesome unofficial first reading of Joelle's new original full-length play, Drooga, at the Mile Square Theatre. A big "Thank you!" to the artists!
• January 2020:
Joelle wraps filming on new Amazon Prime series "Eighty-12", set for premiere in 2020, as a recurring role.
• November - December 2019:
Joelle joins the cast of Beauty and The Beast at Centenary Stage Company--Centenary University's resident professional company.
"CSC Family Holiday Spectacular
November 29 - December 15
Sitnik Theatre of the Lackland Performing Arts Center"
• September - December 2019:
Joelle becomes a teaching artist for the Shakespeare Theatre of NJ and begins residencies in various school districts working on Henry V and Midsummer, among others.
• June - August 2019:
Joelle directs High School Musical Jr. and Fame Jr. for Phoenix Productions in their "Rising Star Academy Intensive".
• May 2019:
An industry reading of "The Bigsley Project" at TheatreLab in NYC.
• March - May 2019:
"Bunnicula" at the Mile Square Theatre
"The cast does great work to make their characters recognizable and welcoming. [Cameron] Blankenship and [Joelle] Zazz run the show most of the time, and they shine as the exuberant hound and understated cat."
-The Star Ledger