Wednesday, September 24, 2008



Seven books published, primarily fiction and religious history.

Numerous articles, scripts, reviews published.

Play produced at Redford’s Sundance Theatre, 44 performances, 1979.

Plays produced throughout the U.S. and in Europe.

Freelance researcher for Ensign magazine, 1980-85.

Festival Radio reviewer at Edinburgh Festival of Arts, 1999 & 2000.


Participation in over 80 plays, films and recordings in the United States and Europe. Portfolio and reviews available on request.


Visiting Assistant Professor of Theatre and Media Arts, BYU, 1999-2000.

Graduate Student Instructor, BYU, 1976-78.

Assistant Director, Summer Theatre Workshop, BYU, 1977 & 1978.

Work History:

1986-1996: Law librarian for Parr, Waddoups, Brown, Gee and Loveless (finest law firm in Utah). Law Firm Newsletter.

During same period renovated two 17-room, historic homes in Avenues District of Salt Lake City. Rented rooms to low-income, homeless and special needs tenants.

1996-1999: Though I loved my law firm family, I needed to care for an elderly mother, I was burned out after 10 years renting to mental patients, and I wanted to return to the arts. I freelanced, traveled occasionally and took classes, including summer courses at Cambridge University in England and the University of Edinburgh. Mother passed away.

1999-2000: Accepted position as Visiting Assistant Professor of Theatre and Media Arts at BYU (glorified substitute teacher) for two semesters and two terms.

2000 to Present: Returned to freelancing but found my health failing. 2001, married retired United Airlines pilot Russell Jobst(a pen pal of 10 years). He saw me through major surgeries in 2001 and again in 2002. We currently live on a one-acre macadamia farm on the Big Island of Hawaii. I have a weak heart.


Master of Arts Degree, Theatre and Cinematic Arts/Education, Brigham Young University, 1978.

Bachelor of Arts, Liberal Arts, Brigham Young University, 1976.

Associate of Arts Degree, Barstow Community College, California, 1973.

Business Certificate, Skadron College of Business, California, 1972.

Additonal education includes studies in Hawaii, the University of Edinburgh, and two summers at Cambridge University, England (stipend awarded 1998).

Scholarships include BYU Presidential Scholarship (full tuition), Mask Club Acting Award and Scholarship, American Association of University Women Scholarship.

Named to Outstanding Young Women of America by the College of Fine Arts, 1978, and by the BYU Alumni Association, 1979, etc.


Joy and George Robinson/Salt Lake City (for work in the Avenues houses)

David Jones/real estate agent (for work in the Avenues houses)

Marv Gardner/BYU professor, formerly with Ensign magazine (for work at Ensign)

David Barras/former director of Festival Radio (for work in Edinburgh)

Bob Nelson/currently Chair, Dept. of Performing Arts at Univerity of Utah (for teaching at BYU)

Dan Carter/composer (for freelancing work)

Steve Cracroft/film maker (for freelancing work)

James Arrington/Chair of Arts and Communications at UVSC (for theatre work)

Parr Waddoups Brown Gee & Loveless/Salt Lake City (for law firm work) Contact one of the attorneys who was there during my tenure: Robert Lochhead, Roger Henricksen, Bruce Maak, Clay Parr, Steve Sargent, Clark Waddoups, Ron Russell, Robert Clark, a dozen more.

*If you would like to contact me or recieve contact number for any of the references above please leave a comment.


Pioneer Pastimes Inc. said...

Joan, I wish you were living closer and could have my calling in our ward as Cultural Arts leader. I am trying to find scripts for some plays we could do like The Order is Love , Papa Married A Mormon, and Within These Walls. Would you happen to know where I can get ahold of these scripts to perform and if there is a cost involved in using them? Thanks

Jodi said...

Hi, A few years ago I watched "The Sixth Wife" on kbyu. I thought it was wonderful and it has really influenced the way I feel about polygamy and the early women of the church. Now I serve in the stake relief society presidency of a university stake and would love to have excerpts from your play read for our March 17 party. Actually, I'd love to show the whole thing but think it is unfortunately too long. I think it presents the history of relief society in a very informative and accessible manner. Plus, Emmeline Wells is an amazing woman and I was amazed that I had known nothing of her. Thanks for your work on it. Is there anyway you can help me to obtain a copy of the transcript (obviously the sooner the better)? I would appreciate any help on this matter. Thank you so much, Sincerely, Jodi Parrish
p.s. Not to influence you unduly, but my uncle is Clark Waddoups :)

Nathan Meidell said...


I really enjoyed your presentation of "The Life, Loves, and Legacy of Emmeline B. Wells." It was a delightful portrayal. I'm working on a project about Emmeline's life and wanted to ask you a few questions. Would you mind contacting me about this possibility?

I can be reached at

Best regards,