Joyce Wu

New York City

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Joyce Wu grew up in the highly segregated suburbs of Detroit. Determined to get away, she left for New York the day after she graduated from high school and got a job answering phones as a night assistant at Goldman Sachs.

She wrote, directed and produced her first stage play at the age of 20. It premiered at the Oxford Playhouse’s Burton Taylor Studio while she was studying English Literature at the University of Oxford in England.

After graduating with honors and distinction from the University of Michigan, she went on to become a founding member and the literary manager of Mir Productions, an Off-Off Broadway theater company. After seeing her New York debut, Backstage hailed her as “a promising young playwright.”

To support herself as a struggling artist, she worked a variety of odd jobs including a stint as a counter person in a chocolate shop, a clerk in the rare books department at the legendary Strand bookstore, a typist for a 97 year-old blind playwright and as a personal assistant to a renowned perfumer known as “The Nose.” She also worked as a fashion and beauty model.

She was awarded a Maurice Kanbar Institute fellowship and a scholarship from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to pursue her master’s degree in Film Production from New York University’s prestigious Graduate Film program, whose alumni include such directors as Martin Scorsese, Joel Coen, Ang Lee, Spike Lee, Amy Heckerling among numerous others who have contributed to American independent cinema.

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