British theatre director, actor and educator, Joanne Lisik teaches Drama and Visual Art at Queen Margaret College in Thorndon, Wellington, New Zealand. Originally from Bristol, UK, she received her Bachelor of Arts, Honours Degree in Contemporary Dance and Visual Art, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Musical Theatre. Joanne gained her Secondary Teaching Diploma in Visual and Performing Arts from Victoria University of Wellington and, for five years, taught Drama, Dance and Visual Art, at Chilton Saint James School.
Joanne recently played the role of Low Dive Jenny in Wellington Stagecoach Theatre’s production of The Threepenny Opera (2019). In 2018, Joanne directed Timberlake Wertenbaker’s play, Our Country’s Good, for Wellington Repertory Theatre. The production, staged at the Wellington Gryphon Theatre, won the award for Best Ensemble Production from the Wellington District Theatre Federation.
Over the last few years she has performed in the Witches of Eastwick, in the principal role of Jane Smart, Dusty Springfield - The Original Pop Diva, 12 Angry Jurors, and the musical Evita at the Wellington Opera House.
In the UK, Joanne was the owner and manager of two Stagecoach Theatre Arts Schools for Children, with a consistent enrollment of more than 300 students. In New Zealand, she has worked as an actor, director, singer, and visual arts teacher for New Zealand International Summer School, Wellington Performing Arts Centre, Musical Stars Children’s School, Art Sight, First Gear Productions, Drama 4kids, and Capital E National Children's Theatre.