Joanie holds a BFA in Theatre from North Carolina A&T State University. AGGIE PRIDE!!
It was there that her love for Theatre and storytelling was truly nurtured and took flight. Before she finally bit the bullet and made the decision to take acting seriously as a career choice, the thought was always there lurking in the back of her mind. Her love for performance and making people laugh was something she cherished all through High School. Since a young age, Theatre has been a part of her life as her mother, a retired SFC of the United States Army, was an active member of community theatre programs wherever they were stationed. Later in life, she learned her love for the arts run deep on both sides, with her father's theatrical background reaching back to the Negro Ensemble Theatre. Being a military child, Joan has lived worldwide, seen Theatre in different countries and languages, and still felt the same hunger for performing no matter the location.
In High School, instead of being a part of the drama program, she was an athlete and found a deep love for competitive cheer, which she did all through High School and even again after she graduated college. Who knew that some years later, a little show by the name of Bring it On would be created and send her two loves crashing together!
When creating art, Joanie sticks to the motto instilled in her by her professor Frankie Day that she should always "Love the art and not herself in the art." In each role she has accepted, she has now applied the belief that art is a gift that should be given freely and with a generous heart.
She has recently made her network television debut with the hit show BULL on CBS. She has also appeared on Blindspot, The Last OG, First Wives Club, Blue Bloods, and the Emmy nominated short-form drama on NETFLIX called It's Bruno.
Some of her favorite theatrical credits include but not limited to are: Bring it ON (Danielle), The Color Purple (Celie), Medea (Medea), Sister Act (Michelle), (Cherish), The Danger A Homage To Strange Fruit, and (Sarah) in the Audelco Award Winning production of Maids Door).
Joanie's most prominent and most important role to date has been becoming a mom to a beautiful baby boy. He is one of her greatest joys and biggest inspiration.