Joanne is an award-winning Limerick-based theatre artist, playwright and performer with a track record of making quality, ambitious work in socio-political contexts.
Her critically acclaimed multimedia solo show Eggsistentialism premiered in Dublin Fringe in 2016, was part of Culture Ireland’s 2017 Edinburgh Showcase and has since toured extensively with sell-out runs in London, Liverpool, Cyprus, Malaysia and Australia.
Eggsistentialism has won the Lustrum Award for Best Festival Moment at Edinburgh Fringe, The Melbourne Fringe Tour Ready Award, The Sydney Fringe Critics’ Pick Award and was nominated for Best Performance at Melbourne Fringe. In 2018 it won the Stroller’s Network Touring Award leading to a 10-venue national tour in November 2019.
In 2018 Joanne was one of the playwrights chosen to participate in Fishamble Theatre Company’s A Play for Ireland scheme.
Her second play In Two Minds was developed across a two-year process supported by The Arts Council, Limerick Council, Fishamble’s New Play Clinic and The JP Mc Manus Charitable Foundation and will be produced in 2022.
Joanne is currently under commission from The Arts Council and Ormston House to develop a new large-scale piece of interdisciplinary, community-engaged promenade theatre inspired by the life of Hollywood Starlet, Constance Smith. She is also developing a new show interrogating issues around death and dying with the support of Lime Tree Theatre, Irish Hospice Foundation, Fishamble’s New Play Clinic, Limerick City and County Council and The Science Gallery.
In addition to her work as a writer and maker, Joanne has performed with many companies in Ireland. In 2014 she was nominated for an Irish Times Theatre Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role for her performance in What Happened Bridgie Cleary.
She is currently Artist-in-Residence in Ormston House and is a Six-in-the-Attic 2021 artist at Irish Theatre Institute.
She has been awarded Civic Honours for her international awards success and contribution to theatre and the arts in Limerick.