Since 1972 Joya has taught Movement, Improvisational Theatre, Storytelling, Solo Performance and Acting to both adults and children.
She has taught at De Young Museum Art School, Antioch University/West, J.F.K University, Studio 210, San Rafael Community Center, Marin Horizon School, Petersburg High School (Alaska), Performing Arts Workshop San Francisco and Marin Theatre Company . She taught workshops at San Francisco Zen Center, San Francisco State University, Institute For Transpersonal Psychology, University of San Francisco and Academy of Art University. She has taught children in several schools through LEAP.
For 10 years Joya led classes in movement and improvisation for clients in 2 alcohol/drug addiction recovery centers.
She coaches individuals for public speaking and performance and leads team-building workshops for groups and corporations.
Joya holds a B.A. in theater arts from Antioch University & has done graduate work at San Francisco State University.
Joya dance from childhood, and in 1969-70 studied for 2 years in Anna Halprin’s Full Time Apprentice Program as well as studying movement and dance with John Graham, Mary Overlie, James Tyler and others, and physical comedy with Bill Irwin. She has studied Creative Postural Alignment, sensory awareness and Alexander technique. She studied acting with Joseph Chaikin, Jerzy Grotowski’s Polish Laboratory Theatre, Jean Shelton, John Argue and Richard Seyd and Acting for the Camera with Abigail Van Alyn & Terry Lamb. Improvisation with Scott Beach and Larry Hankin at THE COMMITTEE, Keith Johnstone, Augusto Boal and many others. She studied voice with Roy Hart Theatre, Linklater technique with Tony Maher and singing with various teachers.
She has taken courses in Drama Therapy, studies Buddhist meditation, and continues to explore improvisational theatre as an art form and as a means to psychological and spiritual growth and healing.
Since 2004, Joya has been a serious student of Non-Violent Communication (NVC) with trainer, John Kinyon and other teachers. She and NVC trainer, Newt Bailey, have developed and taught PLAYING, FIGHTING and PLAY-FIGHTING workshops, which teach NVC skills and principles through Improvisation structures.
Joya has been a member of the Z SPACE STUDIO’S Artist’s Development Lab since 1995, where she is working on HOW CAN YOU TELL IF I’M SAVED?, her first multi-character play.
Her work has been recognized with grants from Zellerbach Family Fund, San Francisco Foundation, Grants For the Arts (S.F. Hotel Tax Fund), Djerrasi Foundation Artist in Residence Program and two grants from the California Arts Council.
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