Joy Rose graduated Denison University with a BFA in Theater. Edward Albee directed her in the role of Mrs. Barker while at Denison, and she moved to NYC upon graduation after a stint on the set of KTLA TV to intern in The Juilliard School costume shop. She joined her first post-punk performance project in 1980 and the rest is her-story. Peter and the Girlfriends was named “the best unsigned band in New York” in 1982. “In and Out of Love Affairs” was an MTV Basement tape winner (1984), and top 100 Billboard Dance single. A second single “Sexual Voodoo” was released on DICE Records in 1986 and Joy continued to perform in the New York Club scene through 1990 playing clubs like the Limelight, SNAFU, Mud Club, with performers as diverse as Bo Diddley, Genya Ravan, and Ronnie Spector. In 1997 she identified a niche need for women-empowered, mom-amplified music and performance. She wrote and performed in the Off-Off Broadway equity production of “Shut Up and Drive” (School House Theater, Croton Falls, NY 1998) and “Housewives Lament” (The Duplex, NYC 1999) to sold out shows.
Writing credits also include ‘Built For Extremes’, selected for the 25th anniversary Writers/Directors Hand To Mouth Players Production, roving adjudicator award from TANYS (2011). Thank’s to Director, Melinda Reinhart.
Joy has also served as producer for numerous productions around NYC, including Museum of Motherhood productions, and MaMaPaLooZa performances at Arlene’s Grocery, The Bowery Poetry Club, and Mo Pitkins to name a few.