Joy Donley

Last updated

November 14, 2016


Joy is a freelance director and theatre teacher.  Upcoming:  directing Bucket Brigade's 'Til Death: A Marriage Musical at Art House North and teaching Intro to the Creative Arts at Bethel University (Jan/Feb 2017).

Joy has worked for Open Window Theatre for several years as a director, publicist and youth drama teacher. Representative work: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, The Lilies of the Field, Shadowlands, An O. Henry Christmas and the E-Rhapsody youth drama class's James and the Giant Peach and The Wizard of Oz (Erin Detrick version).  Joy also stage managed OWT's Freud's Last Session (featuring Kurt Schweickhardt and Nathan Cousins).  She also works for Bucket Brigade and Theater for the Thirsty (Amnesiac Jack, Kingdom Undone, The Servant and the Enemy).

Joy’s own theatre company, Front Porch Theatre (, has put up many shows for the Minnesota Fringe Festival and her most recent show took place in her own backyard with Orphie and the Book of Heroes (by Samuel French's Next Step Award winners, Michael Kooman and Chris Diamond). Joy holds an M.A. in Theatre Education from the University of St. Thomas and received her B.A. in Theatre Arts at Bethel University   She is an adjunct professor for Bethel University.  Joy's Etsy store is called Treadle the Boards, and features her own handmade quilts with designs inspired by theatre (  She is married to Michael Pearce Donley, co-creator and actor in Triple Espresso.



M.A. Theatre Education, University of Saint Thomas, Minneapolis, 2011
Minnesota Teaching License in K-12 Theatre obtained 2011

University of Saint Mary Graduate & Professional Programs, Minneapolis, MN
--Classes in marketing and fund development, 2009

B.A. Theatre Arts, Bethel University, St. Paul, 1993

Educational Experience:

Adjunct Faculty, Bethel University - Introduction to Creative Arts, 2015, 2017

Theatre Teacher, Highland Park Senior High - 2013

Adjunct Faculty, University of Northwestern-St. Paul - Musical Theatre, 2007, 2009, 2012

Adjunct Faculty, Concordia University - Introduction to Theatre, 2011

Adjudicator, Hennepin Theatre Trust SpotLight Musical Theatre Program, 2009-2012

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