Bio

Joanna Rush is an Actor, Playwright, Author. Her solo play, KICK – It’s not how high. It’s how strong!, enjoyed a critically acclaimed run Off-Broadway in the fall of 2015 (OFF BROADWAY ALLIANCE nomination: Best Solo Performance)

Acting credits include Broadway: Pousse Café, Shirley MacLaine at the Palace. A Chorus Line (Shubert Theater, Los Angeles.) Off-Broadway: Daughters, Inside Out, Grandma Sylvia’s Funeral, Broadway Scandals of 1928, Options  Regional: Beyond Therapy, Fifth of July, Freedomland, Little Mahagony, Great White Hope, Women Who Steal (WHAT), concert versions of Two by Two, and Minnie’s Boys at Jewish Rep. Film: The Luckiest Man in the World, Sunburn, On the Cliffs (winner Best Short Comedy 2004, Ohio Ind. Film Festival) Saying Goodbye, TV: Shannon, Archie Bunker’s Place, A Killing Affair, Cagney & Lacey, and the pilot Straight no Chaser as the inappropriate mother of Bronson Pinchot.

Writing credits include Asking For It (an earlier version of KICK) at Lincoln Center, Rubenstein Atrium; developed at the NY Society for Ethical Culture, The Kirk Theater on Theater Row, Stocker Arts Center in Ohio, Peter Jay Sharp Theater at Playwright’s Horizons, Becket Arts Center, and in the New York International Theater Festival, The Yard Arts Center, Martha’s Vineyard., Gloucester Stage, Newburyport Actors Studio She was chosen to perform sections of the play for “International Women’s Day” sponsored by the United Nations Counsel on the Empowerment of Women” and the Hunger Project. Recently – colleges in Ohio and Massachusetts including Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland State and UMass, Lowell.

Home Sweet Homeland, Lynne Taylor- Corbett (director) was work-shopped at Stocker Arts Center, Ohio, Best New Play Series readings at Gloucester Stage.

Upcoming: Accidental Mummies” – Workshop at Stocker Arts Center – October 2016

Screenplays: Irish Whiskey (co-author, “Best Screenplay” winner at the Temecula Valley Film Festival,) Mothers Day, a historical drama.

The book, KICK, on which the play was based will be available in summer of 2016.