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Joy DeMichelle

Joy DeMichelle (she/her), is a qualified intimacy professional with over 35 years of combined experience as a professional actor, educator, healing arts practitioner and race-based trauma specialist. Joy’s multidisciplinary process supports her culturally competent approach to creative wellness. Most recently, she completed intimacy direction for Skylight Theatre/Playwrights Arena, Theatre Horizon, Picts Theatre and Williamette University. 
As an actress, Joy can also be seen in HULU’s upcoming limited series IRON MIKE as well as episodes of SNOWFALL, FOR THE PEOPLE, L-WORD: GENERATION Q and others. She is scheduled to appear in the US premier of NINE NIGHT at Roundhouse Theater, fall 2022. Joy is also a co-host of The Lortel Theatre’s podcast, LIVE at THE LORTEL; lifting the voices of BIPOC and LGBTQ+ artists exploring arts and advocacy.
She holds a MFA degree in performance under the tutelage of Bill Esper, Maggie Flanigan, Loyd Williamson, Lenard Petit and Hal Scott and a BFA from (HBCU) North Carolina A & T. Joy has trained in Intimacy Direction with ICOC, TIE and IDC. Her memberships include: Screen Actors Guild (SAG-AFTRA), Actors Equity (AEA), Urban Zen Integrative Therapists (UZIT), Women of Color Unite (WOCU) and Intimacy Coordinators of Color (ICOC). 
With the development of Acting With Joy and Acting With Intimacy, courses for actors performing race based trauma and emotionally charged content; Joy says, “I am passionate about creating consensual, compelling and dynamic storytelling while keeping our hearts and souls intact.” To learn more please visit:

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