Since graduating from Ryerson's Radio and Television Arts program in 2001, Joanne has been working steadily in the Canadian television industry as researcher, associate producer, and writer/director for factual entertainment, docu-drama and full-length documentary productions airing on National Geographic, A&E, History Channel and the Discovery Channel.
In 2009, Joanne received an MFA in Documentary Media Studies at Ryerson University. As a result, her independent work has focused on her interests in visual anthropology particularly in the ways people defy gender roles, define citizenship and navigate personal geography. Past independent projects include a short documentary for the National Film Board of Canada about mothers balancing kids and jobs while playing in a punk band; a long format documentary about the female gaze within alternative, female directed pornography which debuted at the John Spotten Theatre/NFB, various film outlets, academic conferences and guest talks on various radio shows; a mockumentary about the seedy underbelly of the crafting world which premiered at the World of Comedy Film Festival, and an immersive sound and light installation that debuted at this year's Scotiabank Nuit Blanche entitled “Poplar Paradiso.”
Current projects include Sesqui - a 20-minute immersive audio/visual experience staged in a portable dome theatre, which will travel across the country for Canada’s 150th anniversary – winner of the Innoversity Pitch Competition 2012.