Joey is the co-creator and founding executive director of The Moth. George Dawes Green invited Joey to NYC in January of 1997 to create a storytelling organization. Joey & George began a journey together that lead to Joey producing over 75 Moth Mainstage Shows; creating Moth Story Slams; and creating the Moth Outreach Program.
Currently Joey is working on three writing projects:
1.Stories based on Sherry Weaver’s life
2.A book based on creating The Moth
3.A novel based on her year traveling the world at 18 years old
Joey traveled to Cuba in March 2016 to explore the theme:
What is Love in Cuba?
She interviewed Cubans with the help of her translator, Yosbani
Berkeley City College
Joey co-taught with Sabrina Nelson the Special Multimedia Class in the spring of 2015 that produces the Berkeley City College Showcase featuring the best of the students work from the previous year.
From 2009 to 2012, Joey taught Narrative Scriptwriting I & II.
Josh Shenk was on the Advisory Council at The Moth. He introduced Joey to his brother, Jon Shenk. Joey was lucky enough to work with Jon and his wife, Bonni Cohen, at Actual Films for three years. Joey was the third wheel on the tricycle and loved doing a bit of everything as she helped manage the business. It was exciting to have credits on the "Rape of Europa" and "Wonders Are Many" and a thrill to attend Sundance in 2007. She was also fortunate to work with Linda Davis and together they produced video segments for a client.
in 2014, Joey co-produced a documentary on Carol Emmott called, "The Life of a Trailblazer". Barbara Van Dillen was inspired to begin an organization in her honor. Joey was hired as a consultant to launch the Carol B. Emmott Fellowship for Women Leaders in Healthcare.
Joey produced An Evening of Stories at the 40th anniversary of the Telluride Film Festival featuring Salmon Rushdie at host and the following storytellers: Jason Reitman, Buck Henry, Michael Fitzgerald, Greg Nava, Tamara Jenkins and Joyce Maynard.
Joey first attended the Michigan Womyn's Festival in 1988 as a Festie. She started working there in 1991 and for the next 9 years was on the LACE crew. She returned in 2015 for the 40th anniversary and last year of this incredible event and home away from home. Thank you Lisa Vogel and the entire Mich Community.
One of Joey's students, Judd Flemming, introduced her to Youth UpRising. Joey started working there as the Artistic Director in July of 2009. She worked with an incredible staff of young people and made endless videos, music, murals, and a billboard, "I Dream, I Choose, My Journey is Revealed", led by Alexandra. She is still close to many youth she met there including CT whom she now manages.
She holds very dearly in her heart Allati, LaLa and her girls, Pashen and Zachariah and 1Tyme.
Carol Emmott and Barbara Anderman created the CEO/Innovators Roundtable ten years ago at Russell Reynolds Associates. While working at RRA for 2 1/2 years, Joey had the privilege of producing 4 of the Roundtable events, one in Washington DC, two in Boston and one in Chicago.
Leaders in healthcare gather for two days and tackle the big obstacles facing the industry.
Somehow Joey stumbled across Aaron Davidman who had created Berkeley Theater Project. He paid her $40 for her first weekend as a stage manager. She loved working with him and they produced a show at the Climate Theater as well as a show in a friend’s living room in the Berkeley Hills.
Margot Lynn told Joey about Brava! For Women in the Arts and introduced her to Amy Mueller. Joey called Amy every month for six months asking if she could volunteer. Eventually she wore her down and Amy invited Joey to help her out. She was paid for ten hours a week at minimum wage and worked 25+ hours. Amy decided to direct a theater piece and Joey was given the Taking Shape Series to produce. They sold out each night for three weekends.
Someone recommended Joey to Tony at Thick Description and she had the pleasure of being a stage hand at Theater Artaud. She also did costumes. Such a beautiful space.
Joey was born in Chicago and raised among the cornfields of Indiana. She traveled the world at 18 years old after spending two summers cutting lawns and saving $2000. Attended Wesleyan University and spent her summers in California and Nantucket. After graduation, she moved to New York City, taught pre-school on the Upper East Side and worked at WOW Café Theater in the East Village. When her Mom died, she moved to California and started working full-time in theater at the age of 29 years old. When she was 33, George Green invited her to move back to NYC to launch The Moth. Joey did in 1997 and co-created The Moth until 9/11 hit. One of the consequences of that event was her departure from The Moth in Dec 2011. She met her (now ex) husband on a plane, moved back to California, raised her amazing son, Magnus, and worked part-time at Actual Films. She left there to teach at Berkeley City College in 2007 and currently has that gig part-time. One of her students guided her to Youth UpRising, an East Oakland Youth Center, where she met Clarence Thomas (CT) in 2009. After two years at YU, she began her first corporate gig at an executive search firm, Russell Reynolds Associates. She worked for Carol Emmott who eventually hired Joey to produce a documentary on Carol's life when she knew her cancer had limited her time. Meanwhile, Joey wrote and performed stories; and produced a storytelling event at Telluride Film Festival. A screening of Carol’s doc lead friends creatinga Fellowship for Women Leaders in Healthcare in honor of Carol. Joey was the Consultant who launched and developed that Fellowship for it’s first 8 months. Joey went to Cuba in March of 2016 to explore the theme: What Is Love In Cuba? in pursuit of a multimedia project. Meanwhile, in December of 2015, CT (from YU) called to bring her onboard as his manager. She is the founder of Queen JAX Music, a management company for Urban Music Artists. She is currently working on three writing projects.