Poet: Joanie Hieger Zosike
Joanie Fritz Zosike, an actor, singer, director and writer has performed with The Living Theatre in 15 productions, multiple street theatre works and 10 international tours. She’s co-founder/co-director, with Lois Kagan Mingus, of Action Racket Theatre (ART), a company that performs and presents workshops for people from 1 to 100. One of ART’s most cherished achievements is establishing a resident theatre company, Young at Art, at Beth Abraham Adult Day Health Care in the Bronx. She’s also co-director, with Mort Kroos, of DADAnewyork (a DADA/surrealist theatre company). Recent acting roles include “Ruth” in Brunch at the Luthers at Theater for the New City (TNC), the “Nurse” in Medea at Le Jardin Petit Versailles, “Chloe” in Spring and “The Dragon” in A Russian Folktale by Wade Savitt, featured in a Festival of Short Plays at Where Eagles Dare. She will be appearing as “Mindy” in Co-op Theatre East’s production of Decadent Acts at American Theatre of Actors and in the Planet Connections Theatre Festivity. Last spring Joanie directed and co-produced Tomando Café (Drinking Coffee) at TNC, with Rosateresa Castro-Vargas, the Subway Diva. She also directed two short theatre works, Ichiri Riachu (Our School) and Due Diligence, in conjunction with artist Brookie Maxwell’s show, Rwanda Mon Amour, at Gallery 138. She has written three full-length plays and written/performed four solo theatre works, all of which have been produced in various venues including American Theatre of Actors, The Jewish Museum, La MaMa La Galleria, The New Theater, Franklin Furnace, The Living Theatre, WOW Café, NY Theatre Asylum, Javarama (DC), The Barn (Montpelier, VT), Café Bellevue (Berlin) and University of Sofia. Her work has been featured in Women in the American Theatre (eds. Helen Crich Chinoy and Linda Walsh Jenkins) and Between Ourselves (ed. Karen Payne). Chez Chez published her chapbook, The Character Poems. Joanie’s poetry and prose has been published in magazines and small pubs including Between the Cracks, Chez Chez, ETG Dada Issue, Helicon 9, Heresies, International Worker, LaMia Ink, Life and Taxes, MaiNTeNant, NYArts (Dada/Surrealist issue), Overture, Womannews and Zeitriss. Joanie serves on the production committee of TNC’s annual Lower East Side (LES) Festival, the board of New York City People’s Life Fund and the steering committee of Theaters Against War (THAW).