Billie Jo Joy
DEPARTMENT OF PERFORMING ARTS
Ed.M. Harvard University
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 in yoga and improvisation.
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.
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 theater events of the year.
- 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