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Joy OsmanskiVisiting Instructor, Theater Studies


Joy (she/her) was born in South Korea and raised in the Pacific Northwest. After graduating from college with a degree in writing and studio art, she was working as a graphic designer when she decided to audition for a community production of Our Town. She was cast as the lead and caught the eye of the Artistic Director at San Jose Rep, where she then did two plays and became a company member of Red Ladder, the theatre’s outreach program. Joy then pursued her MFA at UCSD, one of the top three programs in the country. She moved to LA following graduation and began what has been a nearly 20-year career in tv, film and theatre and voiceover. Recent credits include Stargirl, Duncanville, and the latest in Taylor Sheridan’s Yellowstone universe, 1923. Joy also loves to teach and has worked with students at UCSD, UCSB, and now Emory University. She loves playing monster with her kids, exploring new locales, and eating pretty much anything.