Joni is a Nationally recognized Theater Artist. She is Artistic Director of THE OTHER VOICE, a Performance Art Company that creates wordless, movement, experiments that dissect the unspoken parts of humanity. The Performances are highly physical theatrical events inspired by the question: What reverberates deep within all of us, that for some reason, we do not speak of? Joni directed The Company's first piece, "Masks and The Monster" which premiered at The Hartford Fringe Festival in 2019. The Company's second piece, "Believe" was produced in August 2022, at The Asylum Hill Congregational Church in Hartford, made possible by generous grants from The Edward C. and Ann T. Roberts Foundation and The Greater Hartford Arts Council, with support from The Charter Oak Cultural Center and Theaterworks, Hartford. She has receieved additional funding from The Connecticut Office of the Arts and Surdna for future projects.
Joni received her BFA in Acting from The University of Connecticut. She has also trained with The London International School of Performing Arts, Double Edge Theater, and Evangeline Company. Her expertise lies in movement-based techniques including Suzuki, Animal Essence, LeCoq and Butoh.
As an actor Joni has performed throughout the Country. Her experience ranges from classical to contemporary. She has acted in published plays, new work, and devised pieces. Joni is also a comedian, specializing in the physical realm, with a background in stand-up.
As a Director, Joni has reinvigorated older works such as THE TAMING OF THE SHREW, ROMEO AND JULIET, THE SEAGULL and MEDEA. She has created new work for the New York and Hartford Fringe Festivals. Fiercely collaborative, Joni has fostered new play development with Bated Breath Theater Company, Hartbeat Ensemble, Playhouse on Park and Hartford Stage.
Joni serves on the adjunct theater faculty at The Hartt School at the University of Hartford and is an Arts Ambassador for The Greater Hartford Arts Council.