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Raised in Olympia, Washington, Joy spent her childhood surrounded by towering pines and mountain views. It was a lush setting for the imagination, and she developed an early passion for writing and art. When Joy was three years old, she saw her first play, a production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and sat riveted for the entire production. However, she didn’t discover her love of acting until much later.
After graduating with honors from Olympia High School, Joy pursued a degree in Creative Writing and Studio Art from Principia College in Illinois. She graduated magna cum laude in three years and moved to Boston where she worked as the Art Director for a series of international magazines. A move to the San Francisco Bay Area resulted in the creation of her graphic design business, Open Door Design, and she worked with a wide array of clients both locally and long-distance. It was creative work, but there was something missing. Joy recalled that in college, her best memories were from plays she’d done, at the time, just for fun. Working with a cast to tell a story had been singular and satisfying. So when she saw an audition posting for a community production of Our Town, she decided to take a chance. Joy was cast in a lead role, and the rest, as they say, is history.
After doing Bay Area theatre for a year, Joy realized she wanted to focus entirely on acting and pursue a Master’s degree. She auditioned for and was accepted by UCSD’s Graduate Acting Program, ranked with Yale and NYU as one of the top three programs in the nation. From there, Joy moved to Los Angeles and quickly booked her first television appearance as series regular “Darcy” on FOX’s “The Loop.” After two seasons, she went on to book more guest and recurring roles in such shows as “Samantha Who?,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “On the Lot,” and most recently, “Better Off Ted,” “NUMB3RS,” and “It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia.” Theatre remains close to Joy’s heart, however, and she treasures opportunities to work on stage. Joy has worked with Chalk Repertory Theatre, A Noise Within, Mark Taper P.L.A.Y, San José Repertory Theatre, Red Ladder Theatre Company, La Jolla Playhouse, the Yale Cabaret, and the Met Theatre.
Joy has shared her love of acting with a wide variety of students–children of all ages, at-risk youth, men and women in jail, teachers, college students, beginning and advanced actors. She continues to coach actors at www.compcoaching.com