ABOUT JOAN

Joan Milburn is a playwright, actor, and educator currently based in East Harlem, Manhattan. She is a 2019 graduate of Southwestern University, where she earned a B.A in Theatre (double emphases in performance and playwriting). During her time at Southwestern, Joan performed in 10 mainstage productions, with some of her favorite roles including Henrietta in Silent Sky, Paulinka in A Bright Room Called Day, and Lady Bracknell in Earnest. Her plays Sightlines, Blue, and Adverse Intentions also received productions through Southwestern's Mask & Wig organization, and she was a performer & co-writer on The Texas Beauty Pageant Murder, which Southwestern performed at the 2018 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Outside of SU, Joan trained with The Gaiety School of Acting in Dublin, The National Theater Institute, The American Theatre Wing, and New York Stage and Film. Since graduating, Joan been working as an actor and playwright in both Dallas, Texas, and New York City. She has appeared onstage with multiple companies, including Shakespeare Dallas, Kitchen Dog Theatre, and The Tank. Along with stage work, Joan has also been branching out into film and T.V, appearing in multiple short films, as well as in  background roles for Amazon Prime and Netflix. Her plays have been produced with The Resilience Theatre Group, Little Fish Theatre, TedxAsburyPark, The Stage Writer's Festival, and Paper Kraine in NYC. Most recently, Joan teamed up with fellow theatremaker Kristen Ragusa in starting The Citadel of Playwrights: a company where artist support, new work development, and community engagement are at the forefront of the mission. Joan's favorite topics to explore with both her acting and writing include mental health, reproductive justice, and queer joy. When she is not making art, Joan also has a passion for teaching, and currently works with students aged 15 months to 15 years old in New York City.