Joanna Castle Miller is a playwright, screenwriter, producer, and comedian whose work has appeared on Fortune, Time, NBC, VH1, E! Entertainment, PBS, and Food Network. She is the founder and executive producer of Wait Don’t Leave Productions, a woman-run, fully inclusive production company focused on telling stories worth your stay.
Recent work includes the plays around and around and around the static sun (McNerney Award Finalist), Sh@med, and Fox News the Musical. Her short plays include The World’s Next Tooth Fairy Is Marci Peterson, Parasite, and The Coaster. She is the writer behind WTF Lucy and Sorta My Thing (Funny or Die), and her short film Ash is currently in distribution with Network Ireland TV.
A political junkie at heart, Joanna’s current event sketches have appeared on Funny or Die, WhoHaha, and The Advocate, and she is the creator and host of Red, White, and Dad – a web show chronicling her father’s campaign for POTUS.
Born and raised in Memphis, Joanna is a classically trained vocalist and studied musical theater at NYU before graduating with a concentration in dramatic writing and journalism. At 17, she launched Firstchance Forum, a theatre company dedicated to new voices in the theatre. She ran the Gallatin New Play Series at NYU and was an editor for the Literacy Review, which showcased new work by ESL and adult literacy students across New York City. As a writer and producer, she continues to champion new voices in theatre and film, with the aim to make both industries as inclusive as possible. Since 2009, she has reported on and actively campaigned for victims of forced migration, including issues related to refugees, homelessness, and human trafficking.
Joanna is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA and the Dramatists Guild and enjoys good bourbon, bad words, and quality time. She and her husband live in Los Angeles with their dog Henry, who graciously lends them space in his apartment.