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Joy Donley

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January 15, 2019

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Upcoming: Directing SISTERS OF SWING: The Story of the Andrews Sisters at the Maplewood Area Historical Society, July 2019. Currently doing publicity for THE SUPERCILIOUS WAYS OF WALTER WADING with SPARK theater + dance, with free workshops and performances in February, 2019.


Joy is a freelance director, theatre teacher, publicist and stage manager. After 20+ years as a director, she recently returned to her acting roots by appearing as "Becca" in Lakeshore Players' production of RABBIT HOLE, the final show at their old location. She directed DANCING AT LUGHNASA at the University of Northwestern-St. Paul (Jan, 2018) and is currently the publicist for TRIPLE ESPRESSO--A HIGHLY CAFFEINATED COMEDY. Joy stage managed CHURCH AND STATE and more recently NATASHA AND THE COAT and THE LAST SCHWARTZ with the Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company. 

Joy worked for Open Window Theatre for several years as a director, publicist and youth drama teacher. Representative work included THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE, THE LILIES OF THE FIELD, SHADOWLANDS, AN O. HENRY CHRISTMAS and the youth drama class's JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH and THE WIZARD OF OZ. Joy stage managed OWT's FREUD'S LAST SESSION (featuring Kurt Schweickhardt and Nathan Cousins). She also worked for Bucket Brigade (AMNESIAC JACK, KINGDOM UNDONE, THE SERVANT AND THE ENEMY, SAM'S SON, LIFE GOES ON). The past two years she has co-produced and publicized two shows at Maplewood's Bruentrup Heritage Farm: THE LOONEY LUTHERANS in "Livin' La Vida Lutheran" and BOB STROMBERG: COMEDY CAFE AT THE BARN.

Joy’s own theatre company, Front Porch Theatre, has put up many shows for the Minnesota Fringe Festival and her most recent show took place in her own backyard with ORPHIE AND THE BOOK OF HEROES (by Samuel French's Next Step Award winners, Michael Kooman and Chris Diamond). Joy holds an M.A. in Theatre Education from the University of St. Thomas and a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Bethel University. Joy's Etsy store is called Treadle the Boards, and features her own handmade quilts with designs inspired by theatre (https://www.etsy.com/shop/TreadletheBoards). She is married to Michael Pearce Donley, co-creator and actor in TRIPLE ESPRESSO--a highly caffeinated comedy. They have two children, one in college and one in Heaven.