Joy Jones is a native of Washington, DC, and a playwright, actress and instructor. As a playwright, Joy has been mentored by Mark Perry (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), Gary Garrison and Gregg Henry (Kennedy Center Playwriting Intensive). As an actress, Joy has performed in theaters across the United States and in Great Britain, including The Royal Shakespeare Company, PlayMakers Repertory Company and many others. Her most recent role was Josephine in the Denver Center Theatre April 2011 production of Lynn Nottage’s dramaRuined. As an instructor, Joy has used the theater arts to teach drama, Shakespeare, career preparation, environmental science and math for over seven years. Joy has degrees in drama from the University of Virginia (BA) and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (MFA). Her notable commendations include the Samuel Selden Award for Playwriting (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) and a grant from the Washington, DC Commission on the Arts for a hip-hop and Shakespeare education project. Shakespeare’s Sister Fellow.