Frequently Asked Questions

Me / hereticFor those of you visiting for the first time, I’d love to share a little more about who I am and what I do. You can view my full bio on my About page, but in addition to that, here are answers to my most frequently asked questions:

Spare any change?

No, but I have a granola bar in my bag if you’re hungry.

What kind of writing do you enjoy the most?

Lyrics and short comedies right now. It’s always changing.

Aren’t lyrics the easy part?

No. Next question.

What’s your favorite musical?

So many. Right now it’s a 5-way tie between A Little Night Music, Gypsy, Carousel, Parade, and Fiddler on the Roof. I’m always adding more. Sometimes the first production I see will affect everything. I first saw Parade on tour, with the show’s composer Jason Robert Brown conducting. I was still in high school and didn’t know much about the craft at the time, but that particular production really stuck with me and sold me on the show ever since.

What’s your least favorite musical?

I don’t really have a least favorite. I try to see the good in every show. That being said, CATS.

What was the first play you ever saw?

Probably The Little Duckling or some horrible kid’s version of Noah’s Ark. You should really ask better questions.

OK, what was the first play you ever saw that made you want to go into theater?

The first musical I remember was Camelot, on tour at The Orpheum in Memphis, starring Robert Goulet as Arthur. My mother wanted me to watch for the blue in his eyes, but I was overwhelmed by the sheer pizazz of it all. I was hooked. I got the tape, then the CD, and listened to them both until they broke.

After that, my aunt and uncle took me to see Don’t Dress for Dinner at the Barter Theatre in Abingdon, Virginia. I was still pretty young and I’m sure they were mortified to find out the show was entirely about sex. But I didn’t care. I remember not understanding the jokes, but looking around and watching everyone laughing. And I remember being amazed by how theater could get that reaction – make other people laugh that hard. It seemed magical.

So both of the first shows you remember were about people sleeping around?

To my family’s dismay, I’m sure.

Where has your work been produced?

All over. My first show was produced in Memphis when I was in high school. (Want to see the press for that? You can play “find the typo.”) I’ve had some work produced in New York City, first in TV and on stage, then most recently in workshop. Then I’ve also worked with groups out of LA, Chicago, Baton Rouge, Colorado. A bunch of workshops in DC. Like I said, all over. I’d really, really like to be produced in Hawaii. Or just go there. That’d probably be easier.

Do you prefer writing theater, film, TV, or nonfiction? 

Do you prefer a working heart, brain, or stomach? I’m on really good terms with all of them.

Me / ElvisYou’re from Memphis, so do you just love Elvis?

Of course! See image to the right. Though I love the performers from whom he stole all his music even more. A lot of them were from Memphis, too. Check out this badass.

You don’t have a Southern accent.

That isn’t a question so much as an insult. Southern accents are amazing. Alas, I trained mine away on purpose when I was younger. Buh ah kin stiyull brang it bayuck.

Do you go by Joanna or Jo?

Very close friends often call me Jo. Otherwise I’m Joanna.

So can I call you Jo?


Are you single?

No. And you know what, call me Joanna for now.

Where was that regular bio I can read? Because this wasn’t that helpful.


8 thoughts on “Frequently Asked Questions

  1. As Tony the Tinger would say, “Grrrreeat!” Also, I trained my New York accent out of me when I moved to L.A. so I wouldn’t sound different. But I can slip back into it at will. Or when drinking.

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