PLAYWRITING BACKGROUND

Joan Milburn began playwriting when she was 14 years old and a freshman at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. Under the direction of Elly Lindsay, and later Guinea Bennett Price, Joan moved through beginning playwriting classes to advanced by the time she was a junior. That same year, she had her very first play, Anabolic, produced in Booker T.'s 10 Minute Playwriting Festival, and knew that she had found another passion to foster. That summer, Joan went on to attend Stagedoor Manor Performing Arts Training Center. While there, her play Shooting Stars and Satellites was chosen to be produced and published in the book "Dramafest" with Stagedoor Manor in association with Samuel French. Following this influential summer, she continued writing, and during her senior year she was once again chosen for Booker T.'s 10-Minute Festival with her play Blue. Following its premiere there, it advanced onward to represent Booker T. at the Irma P. Hall Play Festival, where it won gold. That winter, Joan received the Merit Award for her playwriting portfolio in the National Young Arts Competition. She then went on to have three of her short plays (Blue, Basketcase, and Shooting Stars and Satellites) produced in the Festival of the Kid at the Stage West Regional Theatre in Fort Worth, Texas. After senior year and the completion of her playwriting program, Joan returned to Stagedoor Manor where she had her second play, When Harvey Wore a Blue Tie, published. Joan went on to attend Southwestern University, where her plays Blue, Adverse Intentions, and Sightlines received productions through Southwestern's Mask and Wig Organization, and she was also a co-writer on The Texas Beauty Pageant Murder, which Southwestern performed at the 2018 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. During Joan's senior year, she took a playwriting class with Elizabeth Doss of Austin's Paper Chairs Theatre Co.. Following this, Joan produced a reading of her first full-length play, Brace For Impact, in the spring of 2019. After graduating with her B.A that same year, Joan headed to New York where she would be a playwriting apprentice during Vassar/NYSAF's Powerhouse Season. While there, Joan apprenticed with Beth Henley on her new play Lightning, and also wrote and developed several scripts, including one of her favorite pieces: Honey...She's Home. Since graduating and attending Powerhouse, her play LAZER GATOR received a production with The Resilience Theatre Group, her play The Porch was produced through Paper Kraine Theatre in NYC, and Honey...She's Home was produced with TedxAsburyPark. Most recently, Joan teamed up with Kristen Ragusa in founding The Citadel of Playwrights, a new work development group where accessibility and playwright support are at the forefront of the mission. More information can be found on the Citadel's website (www.thecitadelofplaywrights.com). Currently, Joan's favorite topics to explore with her writing are mental health, reproductive justice, queer joy, and growing up in the South.