Bond Street Theatre
Joanna Sherman is Artistic Director of Bond Street Theatre. As director, choreographer, musician and actor, she has participated in company performances and projects across Asia, Eastern and Western Europe, South America, and the Middle East. The company works primarily in post-war areas and disadvantaged communities, collaborating with local artists, and working for the benefit of women, children and others through theatre-based workshops and participatory performances. Current focus areas: Afghanistan, Haiti and Burma. Joanna has directed and taught internationally, and is a frequent speaker and advocate for Theatre for Social Development. Her productions have toured to major festivals and theatres globally, including: BEYOND THE MIRROR, a collaboration with Exile Theatre of Kabul, ROMEO AND JULIET, created with Theatre Tsvete of Bulgaria, and PAYPAYJI KO CHITAY, created with a theatre group in Burma. She recently conducted a 3-year theatre project in India, and has now received a grant from the US Institute for Peace and US Embassy to continue her theatre programs in Afghanistan. The current 2-year project will bring theatre to women’s prisons and shelters, and informational theatre to isolated villages. Joanna has been featured on CNN, BBC, Voice of America, Radio Free Europe, National Public Radio, and international TV and news media, and published in American Theatre magazine. Joanna has a BFA in Fine Arts from Cooper Union, and an MA in Theatre & International Studies from New York University. Ms. Sherman also plays saxophone with the Shinbone Alley Stilt Band.