Joan Korte is an actor, director, and teacher, and is always enthusiastic to share her passion for storytelling. As an actor, she loves creating characters grounded in truth, using the words of Shakespeare or emerging playwrights. She has most recently been involved with Texas Shakespeare Festival, Fair Assembly Theatre Company, Dallas Texas, and Theatre Midwest, Des Moines, Iowa. Joan has an affinity for strong women, having played Violet in AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY, and Queen Eleanor in both THE LION IN WINTER and Shakespeare’s KING JOHN.
As a director, Joan is always ready for a challenge. From classics to new works, she strives to create worlds full of complex, multi-faceted characters who are searching for hope and connection. Favorite directing projects include A DOLL’S HOUSE PART 2, DANCING AT LUGHNASA, THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY, and TARTUFFE.
Currently, Joan is the Director of Arts at Midland University, supporting and growing the Theatre, Music, and Dance programs. She has spent most of her career as an acting and voice professor. As an educator, she teaches a variety of classes, including Acting I (fundamentals and contemporary), Acting II (technique and comedy), Acting III (turn of the century and modern realism), Acting Shakespeare, Acting IV (advanced scene study), Voice I and II (Linklater and Rodenburg), and Accents and Dialects.