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BIOGRAPHY

Joy Sudduth was born and raised in East Lansing, Michigan where she discovered theatre in high school when she was cast as a leading lady in her first play, "LAST NIGHT AT THE ROXY", written by "DICK TRACY" and "LEGAL EAGLES" screen writer, Jim Cash. She has worked professionally in front of the camera and on-stage ever since.

 

She went to the University of Michigan and graduated with a Masters Degree in Public Policy and Economics. During her undergraduate education, she spent 3 years studying at the Sorbonne in France where she was cast in several Shakespeare productions, and has since performed in several well-received commercials (several airing currently: Verizon, Alka-Seltzer and National Debt Consolidation), award winning independent films, sitcoms, pilots and plays.

 

On the hit show CRIMINAL MINDS on CBS, her episode aired and screened to rave network reviews. She has also just completed a role in the SAG feature "NO MORE GAMES", opposite Robert Patrick star of the feature films Terminator, and Predator.

 

Shortly after arriving in Los Angeles, Joy was cast in Jean Genet's, "THE MAIDS", at the ICAP Theatre directed by Ron Canada. "Sudduth very nicely sets her Madame, the real Madame, right in the middle of both maids' interpretations of the lady of the house with all her condescending to, and caring of, her girls" (Backstage West). Joy traveled with "THE MAIDS" cast to Frankfurt, Germany performing the play in the main stage production at the prestigious Hanauer Theaterage Festival.

 

Her "most effective portrayal" (LA Weekly) of 'Julia Morgan' in Adam Shaw's "BURY THE DEAD" at the ICAP Theatre was well received and it's timely and relevant subject matter, soldiers dying in war, brought out such prestigious guests as former Senator Tom Hayden as the guest speaker opening night, and former San Francisco Mayor, Willie Brown.

 

Joy was then cast in the LA Premiere and sold out run of "COFFEE WILL MAKE YOU BLACK" at the Celebration Theatre. Joy's multi-character portrayals of two very diverse characters had StageScene LA reviewing her performances as "very funny as both Stevie's excitable teacher and Terri's snobbish mother" and the LA Times reviewing her work as one of "…fire and irony…"

 

She has just completed a role in Don Welch's (The Bachelorette Party) LA staging of "IDELLA"S SOUL SHACK", and a leading role in "AT RISK" for the Edgefest Festival commissioned by the City of Los Angeles. She is also excited to be a member of the prestigious Los Angeles Theatre Company, The Actor's Gang, founded by Artistic Director/Actor Tim Robbins.

 

In August of 2008, Joy was thrilled to co-produce and star in the short "LEND A HAND" which was honored as one of three National Finalists in the American Black Film Festival, hosted by Dennis Haysbert.

 

She has written and executive produced her second short film (Feb, 2009), "WEIGH MONEY", and is excited as it is receiving great acceptance and various awards on the festival circuit and is being adapted into an animated episodic!

 

And donning the film director's hat, Joy just directed her first short film, and has since been recruited to direct 2 additional films, a talk show pilot, and several webisodes. She is intrigued and excited about her developing director's career!

 

In addition to acting and producing and directing, Joy is an avid scuba diver and as a fluent French/basic Spanish speaker, she enjoys traveling the world, exploring different cultures and improving her language skills. She also enjoys, and is active in, working with inner city Los Angeles high school students.

 

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