ABOUT JOY

Hello! I'm Joy.

     Thank you for visiting my site! I am originally a California girl, where I attended the University of the Pacific and earned my Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts with an acting emphasis. During my time at Pacific, I was honored to be a two-time Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) Irene Ryan Acting scholarship nominee and regional semifinalist for my roles in 365 Days/365 Plays and The Illusion adapted by Tony Kushner.

     Following college, I pursued my Masters Degree at the Boston Conservatory where I was lucky to work with the best of the best, including legends like Richard Maltby, David Shire, and Tony Award nominee Maureen Brennan. I received my MFA in Musical Theatre from the Conservatory and was based in the Boston area until moving to Brooklyn, New York where I now reside as performer, theater educator, and freelance model.

     I have had the pleasure of dancing for the opening of the Boston Symphony, and recently made my choreography debut with Seussical at Wheelock Family Theatre, and have since choreographed three subsequent productions. I enjoy teaching musical theatre at summer camps every year, and conduct master classes from coast to coast.

     Aside from theatre, I am a former Miss California American Coed, and occasionally serve as a judge for the Miss American Coed Pageant system. I also love Disney, classic films, and any and all desserts!

Proud member of Actors' Equity!

Be sure to check out my current projects, and thanks for stopping by!

 

CURRENT

Winter 2018

God Bless Us, Everyone!

I got to return to Dickensian London, returning to the role of Belle in

A Christmas Carol from Dec 7th - 23rd at North Shore Music Theatre.

Summer 2018

Hakuna Matata!

I was lucky to work with some amazing 3rd-8th graders as choreographer of The Lion King, Jr. in Wheelock Family Theatre's summer musical theatre workshop! 

July 2018

Never Grow Up!

I had the most amazing time in Neverland, as a member of the ensemble and understudying Peter Pan in North Shore Music Theatre's Peter Pan!

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MEDIA & PRESS

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Dance and Modeling

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Married - Cabaret - Joy Clark
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Videos

Press

North Shore Music Theater's A Christmas Carol--

"This production is very well cast, and other stand-outs were... a truly memorable and riveting performance by Joy Clark (Belle)."

- David Tompkins, Broadway World

Full review

Moonbox Productions’ Cabaret 

"... Moonbox created an uber sexy but exceptionally dark and disturbing version of the classic that only served to reinforce the 'it couldn’t happen here' dread of the present zeitgeist... the production also served as a breakout role for Joy Clark, whose rendition of 'Tomorrow Belongs to Me' (in German) was mind-blowing."

- Mike Hoban, The Theater Mirror

Full Review

Stockton Civic Theater's 42nd Street--

"Sawyer is played charmingly by Joy Clark... Clark can sing, dance, act and has that fresh-faced approach that would fit seamlessly in a 1940s film."

- Lori Gilbert, The Stockton Record

Full Review

Testimonials

"Joy embodies the spirit and practice of the true artist-scholar. She sets a high standard and brings considerable energy, enthusiasm, and a commitment to collaboration to all her endeavors."

- Lisa Tromovitch

Director and Professor,

University of the Pacific

"I've never done this with a better Peggy Sawyer...Her feet fly so fast."

- Jim Coleman

Director 42nd Street,

  Music Director Mame Revival

"[Joy] has tremendous dedication to her craft... She's constantly digging deeper, deeper and deeper. Not only her character, but her character's relationships to the other characters."

- Michael Wayne Rice

Director and Professor,

University of the Pacific

 

TEACHING & CHOREOGRAPHY

"To dance is to be out of yourself. Larger, more beautiful, more powerful. This is power, it is glory on earth and it is yours for the taking."

- Agnes De Mille

I was brought up on Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire films, (as every child should be) and from a very early age, our bodies' capabilities as vessels of storytelling never ceased to amaze me, and has since become something that I will never stop exploring. Greats such as Jerome Robbins and Agnes De Mille specialized in telling stories through the body and showed that movement and dance, when integrated thoroughly into the bones and sinew of a theatre piece, will transcend anything that words could communicate. The body moves when words are not enough.

I have had the pleasure of restaging Robbins' original choreography for Fiddler on the Roof, where I learned that the best choreography comes from the text outward. My work is heavily influenced by the many great musical theatre choreographers who have come before, and by the text, characters, style, and music of each piece that I choreograph. The principals of emotionally motivated, thoroughly integrated movement are present in all of my choreography, whether I am working with professional actors or a youth ensemble of students.

Please feel free to contact me with choreography, teaching and masterclass inquiries, and check out my CV for a look at my teaching and choreography work!

 

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