Joy Donley


Minnesota Fringe Festival
See Affiliations listed in Experience below.


"Amnesiac Jack" at the 2006 Minnesota Fringe Festival
Rated “Cream of the crop” by the Star Tribune, 8/10/06

"Nibblers: A Musical with Sharks" at the 2005 Minnesota Fringe Festival
Rated a “Must See” by the St. Paul Pioneer Press, 8/8/05
Received Top 10 Show by Capacity & Attendance

"Seussical the Musical" at the 2004 Minnesota Fringe Festival
Received 2nd Highest Attendance of the Festival

Received "Community Engagement Awards" from Hennepin Theatre Trust's SpotLight Musical Theatre Program, 2006, 2007, 2008

Contact information

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Primary telephone: (651) 762-0606
Secondary telephone: (952) 454-7344
Web site: Front Porch Theatre

General availability

  • Weekdays
  • Weeknights
  • Weekends


Directing Portfolio:

Currently directing the Bethel University Royal Homecoming Celebration featuring Jeremiah and Vanessa Gamble, Jeffrey S. Miller, Jann Guldseth, Dave Berggren, Frank Sanza, Poor Baker's Dozen and A la Carte, Oct. 4, 2014, Bethel University

Moorlyn Theatre, NJ:
Ocean City: The Musical! (Director) June, 2014

Open Window Theatre:
The Lilies of the Field (Director) 2014
Shadowlands (Director) 2013
OWT Christmas Soiree Concert 2013
An O. Henry Christmas (musical), (Director/Music Director) 2012

Bethel University Royal Celebration: (Director) 2013

Theater for the Thirsty (Director)
'Til Death: A Marriage Musical, Open Window Theatre, 2012
-Re-mounted 2014 (for touring)
Theater for the Thirsty (Producer, Assistant Director)
Kingdom Undone, Southern Theater, 2012 and 2013

Front Porch Theatre (Joy Donley, founding Artistic Director/Producer)
The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood, Backyard show, 2014
The Jesus Chair, MN Fringe Festival, August-2012
Lemony Snicket: The Musical, Backyard Musical, 2011
Someone Else’s Clothes, MN Fringe Festival, FridgeFest, 2007
Amnesiac Jack (remount), FridgeFest, 2007
Amnesiac Jack, MN Fringe Festival, 2006
Nibblers: A Musical with Sharks, MN Fringe Festival, 2005
Seussical, MN Fringe Festival, 2004
Three on the Seesaw, MN Fringe Festival, 2003
Thirst, MN Fringe Festival, 2002

Northwestern College, Seussical! The Musical, 2007

Concordia Academy-Roseville
Brokenville, 2011
Stage Door, 2008
Into the Woods, 2008
The Gifts of the Magi, 2007
Titanic the Musical, 2007
Flowers for Algernon 2006
Honk! A Musical Tale of The Ugly Duckling, 2006
Thirst, 2005
Footloose, 2005
Time Flies: A Comedy of One-Acts by David Ives, 2004

Jon Hassler Theater, Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol, 2006

Roseville Covenant Church
It’s a Wonderful Life: a Live Radio Play, 2009,2010
Tales of Christmas-3D, 2008
The Gifts of the Magi,2004
Michael Pearce Donley & Friends Concert, 2003
Tales of Christmas Chapter ’02, 2002
The Butterfingers Angel…, 2000
Christmas Eve at Café Java, 1999
Hot Under the Collar (youth musical), 1997
Spare Change (youth musical), 1996
Shakedown Tuesday (youth musical), 1995

Educational Experience:

Theatre Teacher, Highland Park Senior High, St. Paul, MN, 2013
--Taught Beginning & Intermediate Acting, IB Theatre

Adjunct Faculty, Northwestern College, St. Paul, MN
--Taught Musical Theatre, 2007, 2009, 2012

Adjunct Faculty, Concordia University, St. Paul, MN
--Taught Introduction to Theatre, 2011

High School Musical Theatre Adjudicator
--Hennepin Theatre Trust SpotLight Musical Theatre Program, 2009-2012

Educational Clinical Teaching Experience:

Clinical Practice, Cretin-Derham Hall High School, St. Paul, MN (10/10-12/10)
Taught Acting II class for grades 10-12.
-Utilized vocal and physical exercises, improvisations, speech drills, lecture
-Demonstrated vocal and body expression to teach acting styles
-Taught character analysis and development, monologue preparation
-Constructed lesson plans with multiple intelligences; made adaptations for student needs

Linwood-Monroe Arts Plus Elementary, St. Paul, MN (8/10-10/10)
Taught K-5 drama classes with a focus on the use of body, voice and imagination.

Field Experience, Capitol Hill Gifted & Talented Elementary, St. Paul, MN (5/10)
-Observed and taught two lessons to 15 students in a 6th grade classroom on Play Performance.
Academy of Holy Angels, Richfield, MN (11/09-1/10)
-Observed and taught one lesson to 18 students in an Acting I, 9-12th grade classroom.




University of Saint Thomas, Minneapolis, MN
Master’s in Teaching Theatre Arts, May 2011
Minnesota Teaching License in K-12 Theatre obtained January, 2011

University of Saint Mary Graduate & Professional Programs, Minneapolis, MN
--Completed two classes toward Arts & Cultural Management Masters degree, May 2009

Bethel University, St. Paul, MN
Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts, June 1993


--To work steadily as a free-lance director and producer
--To develop Front Porch Theatre into a full-season producing company with paid talent and a permanent performing venue.
--To teach theatre at high schools and colleges

Physical profile

64" tall
Plays ages:   30s   40s  

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