Joan Ferry (née Maroney) studied at the Central School of Speech and Drama (London University) and is the co-founder and editor of ENCORE MAGAZINE, a theatre magazine in London, ENG. This top-notch theatre magazine was not only a voice piece for the era of the Angry Young Men, Osborne, Wesker ,Pinter et al but also for writers of the ilk of Sean O’Casey, Joan Littlewood, Peter Ustinov and Peter Brook. ENCORE was especially supported by Ken Tynan, theatre critic for the London Observer and given favourable mention by theatre critic Harold Hobson of the Sunday Times. The magazines are now housed in the British Library.
In Canada she co-founded the first Canadian Theatre, TORONTO WORKSHOP PRODUCTIONS (TWP). The theatre nurtured actors, playwrights and would be directors. She herself acted and directed both in Canada and in England. Included in her busy schedule Joan wrote a book of non-fiction ENCORE AND AFTER. The book is about the origins of TWP. Three articles in ENCORE provided the blueprint for the founding of TWP. Joan published an article from this book entitled The Experiences of a Pioneer in Canadian Theatre in Theatre History in Canada, Volume 8, Number 1,Spring./87…. which can be accessed on the net.
At the invitation of the Learned Society of Canada, Joan lectured at McMaster University on the topic of the founding of TWP. She also conducted Improvisational Workshops at Guelph University, Humber College, George Brown College and was Directrice d’Atelier for Le Théâtre du P’tit Bonheur in Toronto.
Joan is the recipient of the Ohio Award for the CBC radio production entitled, Marie-Claire Blais.
In addition a chapter of her novel The World’s Fair entitled You’re A Long time Dead was aired on CBC radio. She also wrote and produced a play Apples on the Silver Moon at the University of Victoria, B.C. where she taught in the Theatre Department.
Presently Joan is involved with distribution for her novel The World’s Fair.
Joan Ferry was born 25 January 1932 in Ottawa, Ont. Her early education was in Quebec City. Her theatre studies were at London University and in Paris with the Barrault-Renaud Theatre Compay She received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto majoring in French and Social Anthropology.