Joy has been performing in public since she was four years old. As a young child she and her cousin modeled together, and growing up in a musical household, she sang and played instruments with her three brothers in family performances. She participated in numerous Music/Drama workshops in the early years of The Music Place. Later, at Valley Christrian High School, she found her love in the theater under the tutelage of Mr. Ken Hill, and served at the Music Place as a vocal and acting coach for joint ventures with Valley Christian in the summer camp format.
After some time at a local college, Joy was invited to travel to Los Angeles to audition for a spot at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA), located in the heart of New York City. She was thrilled to be one of the few selected each year to attend this prestigious conservatory of musical theatre. She moved to NYC to attend school there where she remained for eleven years.
At AMDA, Joy enjoyed the intensive classes in voice, acting, ballet, tap and performance. She graduated in 2002, (not long after the 9/11 attack.) While in New York, she continued her work at the Jenny Craig Corproation and following her graduation, she was given several opporutnities to use her gifts as she represented the company in radio, television and magazine appearances. She moved quickly through the ranks, and after 11 years living on the East Coast and managing New York and New Jersey markets, Joy was given the opportunity to move back to Calfornia in order to manage the West Coast market.
After a few years back in the high pressured environment of Silicon Valley, Joy left Jenny Craig and brought her management skills to join the Music Place Team. Not long after, she and her hockey coach husband moved to Whitefish, Montana to establish a highly reputed hockey academy. In Whitefish, where many Broadway performers from NYC go to vacation or live between gigs, there are numerous theater companies. Joy and her husband and two kids have participated in numerous productions, both musical and straight plays. As she began coaching her own theatrical kids and family members, Joy 's love for coaching was rekindled. She decided to supplement her (now remote) management role at The Music Place, by helping music theatre students people prepare for their auditions and build healthy voices. Some of Joy's credits include:
- State Fair (Emily)
- It's a Wonderful Life (Ruth, in the original stage production)
- Kiss Me Kate (Lois Lane)
- Into the Woods (Baker's Wife)
- Elf (Emily Hobbs)
Joy is an enthusiastic, intelligent, and compassionate teacher and performer. She enjoys working with all ages, especially those who need the little boost in their confidence that comes from feeling well-prepared for their auditions and shows. She loves to see her students grow more aware of their skills and feel better about themselves. Her objective is to allow students to reach their full potential through the power of music.