Joan Milburn is a playwright, actor, and visual artist 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, 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, Little Fish Theatre, TedxAsburyPark, the Stage Writer's Festival, and Paper Kraine Theatre 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. 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 the New York City area.