Joan Lipkin is a playwright,
lyricist, director, educator and social activist with a specific interest
in dialogue of all kinds. The pieces shown here are an excerpt from
The Conversation, a nine month collaboration with Kim Mosley in which
both artists pledged to create a daily piece that incorporated written
and visual exchanges. Their only requirement was to be as honest as
As the Artistic Director of That Uppity Theatre in St. Louis, Missouri, she specializes in creating work with marginalized populations including people with disabilities, from those with digital hearing aids to those people who use wheelchairs, LGBT youth and women with breast cancer that are accompanied by civic dialogue with the wider community.
She has received commissions from SSM Healthcare, the Greater St. Louis
Federal Executive Board, the Foster Care Coalition of Greater St. Louis,
the Susan G. Komen Foundation, One Mississippi River, the New York City
Gay Men's Chorus, Provident Counseling and the American Civil Liberties
Association, among others.
Joan's work has been published and produced throughout North America,
Australia and the United Kingdom. Selected venues include the Places
des Arts (Montreal), Lincoln Center (New York), Bailiwick Repertory
(Chicago), the Old Globe (Los Angeles), Slack Dynamics Theatre (London)
and the Cottier Theatre (Glasgow).
Her work is included in Upstaging Big Daddy: Directing Theater as
if Race and Gender Matter, Amazon All Stars, Nice Jewish Girls:
Growing Up In America, Mythic Women/Real Women: New Plays and
Performance Pieces, and Body in Performance among other
anthologies as well as American Theatre, Theatre Journal, TDR, New
Theatre Quarterly, Critical Quarterly, Dramatists Guild Quarterly, InTheater,
Contemporary Theatre Review, National Women Studies Journal and
Australian Feminist Studies.
Among others, she has received a Visionary Award, the Missouri Arts
Award, a Focus St. Louis Award for Improving Racial Justice and Social
Equality, Arts for Life Special Recognition, the John Van Voris Award
for Community Enhancement, Special Recognition from the Recreational
Council of Greater St. Louis, the Community Enhancement Award from the
Governor's Council on Disability, a Women of Worth Award, a Frederick
A. Laas Award and the Outstanding Alumni Award from Webster University.
For more info, see her website at http://www.uppityco.com/