Joanne Hoersch

Joanne Hoersch received her BA in drama from Emerson College. She went on to study fiction at Columbia University where she was the recipient of a Woolrich Fellowship for creative writing. During this time, she was also a grantee in fiction from the NJ State Council on the Arts for her story, Josie Going Places and a semifinalist in the Heekin Foundation’s national short story contest. As an actress, she co-founded the Bandit Company, and had leading roles in Sam Shepard’s Action, and Angel City, as well as John Pielmeier’s Haunted Lives. In 1987, she appeared on Broadway in the original production of Larry Shue’s The Nerd. When she sat down to write plays, she finally realized that her twin passions for drama and fiction could be combined in playwriting. For Jackson is Gone, her first play, she received a 2012 grant from the NJ State Council on the Arts. It was selected for a roundtable reading at the Lark Theatre in New York and a 2015 mainstage production by Hudson Theatre Works. Her second play Starring Elizabeth was read at Playwrights’ Theatre of New Jersey in 2014. She is the lyricist for the musical version of Starring Elizabeth, which is being done in collaboration with composer Donald Stark. Her current projects are a one-act play, Bunnies, based on her experiences as a Playboy Bunny in New York, and Shelley, a full length drama about the life of the Romantic poet Percy Shelley. The initial draft of Shelley received a roundtable reading at the Lark Theatre in 2014. Joanne lives in Weehawken, NJ with her husband, Frank, and their son Zachary. Her dog, Freddie, and cat, Elizabeth, are also in permanent residence.

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