Quick Selfie: Joy Ross-Jones, ARTISTA Program Director

In this Quick Selfie, Joy Ross-Jones of Imago Theatre answers five quick questions about some of her favourite things, inlcuding a nostalgia trip back to Matilda with a pick-me-up video mashup! To support the ARTISTA mentorship program, Imago Theatre is pleased to offer a selection of workshops in this year’s Atelier 2017. Please click here for more information and to register for classes.


Joy Ross-Jones is an actor, puppeteer, improviser and theatre educator of mixed Venezuelan and Canadian descent. Her studies include McGill University and Concordia University were she studied as Theatre and Theatre for Social Change. She is presently doing her Masters in Art Education at Concordia with a focus on the empowering effects theatre performance has on its practitioners. For three years she worked at Imago Theatre as Artistic and Administrative Associate where she supported the creation and presentation of If We Were Birds (Erin Shields), Random (Debbie Tucker Green), Have We Forgotten Yet?, Pig Girl (Colleen Murphy) and Her Side of the Story. During her time at Imago, Joy also created ARTISTA, a free theatre mentorship for young women in need, which is now entering its third annual session. All proceeds from the 2017 Atelier Workshops will go in support of this program.

What was your favourite activity as a child?

Charades! it stimulates so much laughter. I still can’t get enough! It is not surprising to me at all that I’ve ended up in theatre.

What book could you read repeatedly?

La casa de los espíritusThe House of the Spirits, by Isabel Allende. It follows one Chilean family through several generations, as magical realism tends to, tracking the impact of one person’s actions on the rest of the family and society. It’s about the repetition of history. It is imaginative, dark, and deeply political.

If you were not in this career, what do you think you would do for a living?

I consider my imagination to be quite vivid, and yet I cannot imagine a life for myself outside of theatre and performance. I have a romantic notion of what it means to be a writer, so I like to think that one day in the future, I will be writing, gardening and taking care of my grandchildren and animals in the country.

What is your favourite comfort food?

Tajadas, baby! (Fried plantain). And french fries…(which I accidentally first typed as friend fries. Yup, that sums it up).

What is your pick me up song?

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mY7X_3uBRAY]

This piece was written and submitted by Joy Ross-Jones and Imago Theatre. Joy’s headshot and bio appear courtesy the Imago Theatre website.