22-year-old Joanna is from Wakefield, West Yorkshire and has always wanted to pursue a career in acting. She began by taking part in school productions and studying a BTEC Performing Arts and A level Media Studies. While at college Joanna joined Yew Tree Youth Theatre’s 17+ theatre group and worked as an actor for Yew Tree Arts Ltd, where she was involved in a site-specific piece, Encounters, at the Hepworth Gallery in Wakefield.
Keen to get as much acting experience as possible, Joanna took a few years out after college to work in Theatre in Education (TIE). Performing in numerous TIE productions gave Joanna a taste of the life of a touring actor. She took part in More Like Me, a play that looks at issues surrounding mental health, and Yearbook, a piece exploring positive decision-making in schools.
Eager to become as skilled as possible in her craft, Joanna decided to audition to drama schools and was delighted to be offered a place on LAMDA’s Three Year Acting Course, where she begins her training in September 2012 as a Genesis LAMDA Scholar.