Joanna is a South African theatre artist, playwright and performance scholar based in Brooklyn. Their research is moved by improvised and ensemble performance practices, decolonial exigency, material animacy, queer intimacy, communal knowledge, and the permeability of Their working methodology is to listen close, breathe deep, and stick around for things to get weird. Joanna’s plays have toured throughout South Africa, as well as to international festivals in Italy, Germany, Iran, Hungary, Réunion and the United States. These include Four Small Gods, King Kong What What, Patchwork, and The Year of the Bicycle. Joanna is a co-founder of Pillow Fort Theatre, one of South Africa’s first Theatre for Early Years companies, which conducts experimental research into performance for pre-verbal audiences. Their article Unsettled Matters, Falling Flight was winner of the 2017 TDR: The Drama Review Student Essay Contest, and was published in the journal’s Fall 2018 issue.
Why PS @ NYU?
Performance Studies is a sanctuary for 'side-winding' thought; for generous theoretical, political and artistic engagement that doesn't settle or territorialize; for working in commons and from the heart.