ABOUT JOAN

Joan Milburn is a playwright, actor, visual artist, and activist currently based in Dallas, TX. 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 she had the pleasure of being one of Beth Henley’s playwriting apprentices during the 2019 Powerhouse Season through New York Stage & Film. Since graduating, Joan has appeared onstage with multiple companies, including Shakespeare Dallas and Shakespeare in the Vines, and her playwriting has been produced with The Resilience Theatre Group and the Paper Kraine Theatre in NYC. Most recently, Joan teamed up with fellow theatremakers Kristen Ragusa and Adi Corbo in starting The Citadel of Playwrights: a company where artist support, new work development, and community engagement are at the forefront of the mission. When she is not making art, Joan also works as a P.E and yoga teacher for kids, and she is an avid member of Dallas’s activism community, where she primarily works with the Black Lives Matter movement and reproductive justice. Joan is currently represented by the Callidus Agency in Dallas.