Performing Arts Faculty
Billie Jo Joy
Billie Jo Joy is an accomplished dancer, choreographer, actor, writer, director, producer, yogi, and teacher. Her credits include Dust to Dust (2006); Venus De Mini Van, Mothers in the Breakdown Lane (2002) which became the off–broadway play Eve–olution (2004); two highly acclaimed productions of The Vagina Monologues (2000, 2004); Small White Woman Impersonating Martin Luther King, (1999). She toured internationally, with Paula Josa–Jones Performance Works, when the company received two NEA grants. She is a certified teacher of Action Theater, and has studied extensively with the Roy Hart Voice Theater in France. She is a member of the Screen Actor's Guild: The Deer Hunter (1978), Spiderman 2 ((2005), Black Mass (2014), Spotlight (2014). Currently, she performs with the East Coast Action Theater Ensemble, works in film, is developing a new original work, and is in her third year of clowning with Nose to Nose. She is Co-Founder of Art & Soul Studio (2001) in Cambridge, MA where she teaches weekly public classes.
Billie Jo Joy is a movement specialist, having studied many forms including modern dance, ballroom, ballet, jazz, tap, butoh, trapeze, Skinner Releasing Technique, Continuum, Authentic Movement, Body-Mind Centering, Anatomy, improvisation, and Contact Improvisation for over 30 years. She is a master yoga teacher studying and teaching the Iyengar Method for over 20 years. In 2005, she co-produced and directed the 3-day Boston visit of BKS Iyengar for his Light on Life tour, which included an evening tribute at the sold out Emerson Majestic Theater. She is also Kripalu certified (200 hours), and Yoga for Energy Flow Certified (500 hours).
A founding member of Harvard's Project BRIDGES, she helped write and win a $10 million grant from the United States for International Development for projects in 12 developing countries. Later, she worked on Harvard President Rudenstein's Mind, Brain, Behavior Initiative developing innovative undergraduate curriculum that aims to bridge mind –body science and understanding. Also at Harvard, she was fortunate to work on several mind-body medicine projects including a research project in China working with Qi Masters (funded by the MacArthur Foundation on Mind-Body Interactions) and with the Mind & Life Institute, which involved meetings and research with the Dali Lama in India.
Office: Paramount 4th floor
Furthering her commitment to theater for social action, Billie Jo's 2004 production of The Vagina Monologues (V-Day Boston) raised over $200,000 for housing for survivors of domestic violence, and was named by the Boston Herald as one of the top five t
United States Agency for International Development
V-Day Artist Grant
Global & Civic Engagement
Furthering her commitment to theater for social change, Billie Jo's 2004 production of The Vagina Monologues, raised over $200,000 for survivors of domestic violence, and was named by The Boston Herald as one of the top 5 theater events of the year.
Everlasting Woman: an installation as part of Transforming Violence, curated show, Massachusetts State House
Awards & Honors
Inclusive Excellence Faculty Fellow
Part-Time Faculty Professional Development Fund Committee
A Round of Applause...
Recent news highlights from the Department of Performing Arts.
Emily Skeggs '12 nominated for Tony Award
Emily Skeggs was with fellow Emerson alums when she learned that she had been nominated for a Tony Award (Best Featured Actress in a Musical) for her role in Fun Home.
No rehearsal needed: Students win theatre competition
They didn’t go to USITT to compete (in fact, they signed up after the race had begun), but a group of Performing Arts production majors took first place at the 2015 Tech Olympics!
McGorry '08 talks about his two hit TV shows
The Performing Arts alum appears on Orange is the New Black and How to Get Away With Murder.
Grammy nomination for Sanlikol
Mehmet Ali Sanlikol, a well-respected pianist and faculty member in Performing Arts, has been nominated for a Grammy Award for his composition “Vecd."