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Josy Miller joins the Arts Council as Arts Program Specialist

Theatre director, scholar, and educator


Published: 02-02-2016

We are delighted to welcome Josy Miller to the staff of the California Arts Council as our Arts Education Programs Specialist.

A theatre director, scholar, and educator, Josy recently received her Ph.D. in Performance Studies from the University of California, Davis, where her work focused on contemporary Shakespeare performance. Her adaptation of Shakespeare's history play cycle, entitled The Dogs of War, explores the experience of soldiers, citizens, women and children during wartime, and was highlighted as a recommended production by the Edinburgh Fringe Review at the 2014 Festival.

As a lecturer in the Department of Theatre and Dance, and Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies, Josy taught courses in theory, history and theatre practice, and was awarded the Mellon Foundation Teaching/Research Fellowship and a major grant from the UC Institute for Research in the Arts. Her published work includes writing on both early modern and contemporary performance, the most recent of which is "The Shakespeare Slot," an article that investigates the pedagogic and political consequences of the regular programming of Shakespeare in university production seasons.

Prior to her work in the academy, Josy was the Artistic Director of Hapgood Theatre Company, an Equity theatre in East Contra Costa County. During her tenure there, Josy produced two dozen productions, more than half of which she also directed, and the company earned accolades from both the press and the Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle. Josy was recognized in 2011 by the Center for Cultural Innovation, honored with their Emerging Arts Leader Award.

After completing her undergraduate study at Barnard College in New York, Josy moved across the country to work alongside her then-fiancé, now-husband, Jason, on the founding faculty of the Oakland School for the Arts. There, Josy was privileged to work with phenomenal students from around the Bay Area, building the seven-year Theatre Department curriculum and directing mainstage productions.

Now a mother of two young boys, Josy is personally, as well as professionally, invested in advocating for the centrality of artistic experience in everyday life. "Engagement with the arts allows us to open ourselves to difference, and to understand deeply the complexities and contradictions that are impossible to articulate literally," says Josy. "Ensuring that our children have the tools both to express themselves through, and to respond to, the arts will allow us to cultivate a generation that is more empathic, more critical, and more dynamically engaged with the world around them. I am truly grateful to be able to pursue that work with the incredible team at the California Arts Council."

Josy can be reached at josy.miller@arts.ca.gov or (916) 322-6385.