Joy Pace earned her B.A. from Centenary College of Louisiana, and her M.F.A. in Directing from Virginia Commonwealth University. Though a native Texan, Ms. Pace has lived in various areas of the country. Joy taught as Associate Professor of Theatre at Kentucky Wesleyan College where she was head of theatre and advisor to the Wesleyan Players for five years. She has also taught at Virginia Commonwealth University, and McMurry University.
Joy has worked professionally as an actor, director, vocal coach, instructor, and stage manager. Some of those credits include La Petit Little Theatre/Tennessee Williams Festival in New Orleans; The Blue Ridge Theatre Festival, Barksdale Theatre, Theatre Gym, and The Neighborhood School of The Arts in Richmond, VA; The Independent Theatre, Region 14 ESC, and Buffalo Gap Historic Village in Abilene, TX; and Theatre Workshop and Riverpark Center in Owensboro, KY. One of the highlights of her professional acting career was with the Blue Ridge Theatre Festival performing as Mrs. X in Strindberg’s The Stronger in Sibiu, Romania as part of the International Theatre Festival held there annually. In Educational Theatre she has directed over 20 productions and acted in many.
At McNeese, her directorial contributions include The Vagina Monologues, No Exit, Twelfth Night, and the staged readings of Southern Discomfort—original works by a McNeese Theatre student & alumni. She was thrilled to join the cast as “Sister Aloyisius” in the MSU Summer Bayou Players Production of Doubt by John Patrick Shanley. Joy is happy to be a part of the McNeese Theatre faculty and is looking forward to a life filled with theatre, her great passion.