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Joan Milburn is an actor, playwright, educator, and content creator currently based in New York City. 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. Outside of SU, Joan trained with The Gaiety School of Acting in Dublin, The National Theater Institute, The American Theatre Wing, and as a playwriting apprentice with New York Stage and Film. Since graduating, Joan been working as an actor and playwright in both Dallas and New York City. She has appeared onstage with multiple companies including Shakespeare Dallas, Kitchen Dog Theatre, Sensible Shoes Productions, and The Tank. Along with stage work, Joan has also been branching out into film and T.V, appearing in multiple short films, a new docuseries, and in featured background roles for Amazon Prime and Apple TV. Joan's first feature film, No Way To Spin It, is currently in post production. Her plays have been produced with The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, The Resilience Theatre Group, Little Fish Theatre, TedxAsburyPark, The Stage Writer's Festival, and Paper Kraine. Most recently, Joan was invited back as a guest playwright for the Powerhouse Theatre's 2022 Training Company where she premiered her newest short play: You Know What's Weird To Think About? Her favorite topics to explore with her acting and writing include mental health, reproductive justice, and queer joy. Joan also has 112,000 followers on TikTok for her comedy and performance-related content. When she is not making art, Joan has a passion for teaching, and currently works with students aged 15 months to 15 years old in Manhattan and Brooklyn.

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