Joan Merwyn is a performer, director, choreographer and teacher. She has appeared internationally and with critical acclaim, both as a soloist and with numerous experimental theater and movement based ensemble companies. She is committed to bringing innovative, physical theater performance experiences to communities of all ages, cultures and economic conditions.

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Joan Merwyn Physical Theater and Sound Image Theater

Founder/Artistic Director Choreographer/ Performer

4 Full Length Productions and Short Works, NYC

Adaptors Movement Theater
(now Margolis Brown Company)

Featured Company Member

6 Productions, Int'l Tours

The Wanderer: Solo Show


International Tours

Bremen Bilder Theater

Company Member

6 Prods., European Tours

Corporeal Mime Theater

Ensemble Company member

National Tours, DTW

Fools Unlimited


4 Prods., West Coast Tours

Manhattanville College


5 Prods. Dance/Theater Dept. and HEOP Dept.

Hospital Audiences, Inc.

Project Coordinator, Teacher
Senior Workshop Artist
Performer/Artist Evaluator

Arts Mentoring Prog., Dist.75 Public Schools mental health sites, shelters

Marquis Studios

Teaching Artist in Residence, Staff Development Facilitator

NYC Public Schools, Grades K-12

APPEARANCES INCLUDE (Off-Broadway, Theaters, Independent Film, and Video)

Munich International Theater Festival

London Int'l Movement Theater Festival

Vienna International Street Theater Festival

Polish International Mime Festival

Canadian International Movement Theater Festival

Los Angeles Mime Festival

Movement Theater International Festival, USA

New York Festival of New Mime


Bessie Schoenberg NY Performance Award*

with Adaptors Movement Theater
(now Margolis Brown Company)

Individual Artist Space Grant Award

Gowanus Arts Exchange & NYSCA

Indiv. Artist Choreography Fellowship (1984)

Rhode Island State Council on the Arts

Eleanor Roosevelt Community Service Award

Foundation for the Creative Community

Scholarship Award for Students

For Orig. Prod. at Manhattanville College

TOURING HISTORY, with Margolis Brown Company 1985-1995, Also see Performance History

  • London International Mime Festival, London, England
  • Movement Theatre International, Philadelphia, PA
  • Atlanta Arts Festival
  • Dance Theatre Workshop, NYC (2 week run)
  • Art Awareness, Lexington, New York
  • Performing Arts Center, SUNY Purchase, NY
  • Real Art Ways, Hartford Connecticut
  • Baltimore Theater Project, MD (1 month run)
  • Dance Place, Washington DC
  • John Harms Center, Engelwood, NJ
  • Marshall Artists Series, Huntington, WV (tour of West Virginia)
  • Mount Vernon College, Washington, DC
  • Nazareth College, Rochester, NY
  • Ogdensburg College, Canton, New York
  • Whole Theater, Montclair New Jersey
  • Stephen Foster Theatre, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Saint Clement's Church, NYC
  • Southern Theater, Minneapolis, MN
  • Towson State University, Maryland


Off-Broadway Theaters, HERE, Dixon Place

3 Visual/Visceral Performance Festivals, NY Festival of New Mime, P.S. 122,

Dance Theater Workshop, BACA Downtown, Empire State Bldg. (site specific commission), Brooklyn Arts Exchange, The Kitchen, Schools, Art Museums and Galleries, Mental Health Facilities, Churches


Rockapella & Doo Wa Zoo

Choreographer/Movement Coach

NBC, PBS, Tonight Show

All-Fit (Slim Goodbody Corp.)

Choreographer/Movement Coach


Bel Canto Opera Company

Co-Director with Frank Corsaro/ Choreographer


TRAINING (Selected instructors in North America, Europe, India)

Acting, Voice and Improvisation

Grotowski Laboratory Theatre,  Eugenio Barba (Odin Theatre), John O'Keefe,

Epic Theater Techniques,  Commedia, Improvisation

RG Davis, Sandra Archer (SF Mime Troupe)

Decroux Technique: Corporeal Mime

Leonard Pitt, Thomas Leabhart, Jean Asselin

Mime/New Vaudeville

Tomaszewski Pantomima, Mamko Yoniyama

Margolis Technique

Kari Margolis


Zena Romet, Lance Westergard


Alphea Pouget, Linda Rabins

East Indian Dance

Singhaget Singh, Katherine Khuniraman


Creating Original Works, Public Performance Art, Interdisciplinary Collaboration, Circus Arts, Comedy, New Vaudeville, Mime; Teaching, Residencies, Lecture-Demonstrations, Staff Development Seminars



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