JOANNA CROWELL is the founder of Ascension Theatre and the Women Writing from Experience workshop series, where she facilitates creative writing workshops for women and teens and creates a platform for them to perform/share their stories. She has been a professional actress for over 20 years, having been the member of numerous theatre companies, including Living the Dream Theatre in Columbus, Ohio, The African American Performance Troupe, The New American Stage Company, and The Actors’ Theatre of South Carolina. She has performed her own poetry across Canada and the US. At age 34, with a 9-month old baby at home, she returned to University and to her native country, Canada, in quest of incorporating more effectively women’s issues and social justice and peace issues into her performance art. She now holds a BA in Women’s Studies and Feminist Research and Social Justice and Peace Studies from the University of Western Ontario. She is the author of the choreopoem Double Dutch: What are you so afraid of? Jump in! and the play AWOL: A Soldier’s Journey produced by PURE Theatre in the fall of 2011. She currently resides in Johns Island, S.C. where she is a Book-in-a-Day and Lowcountry Initiative for the Literary Arts poetry coach. This is her first book. Contact Joanna at or visit her online at, and “like” her at