My mission is to share the joy, wonder, beauty and intrigue of science. I strive to tell stories that shed light on or are inspired by scientific discovery and truth. I use scientific concepts, process and themes as vehicles through which to tell human stories. Humor is one of my main tools.
I’m fascinated by the fervent debates in science. The scientific world is full of passionate conversations and numerous iconoclasts. To have a 95% consensus on a scientific issue, as we do on climate change, is astonishing. I’m intrigued by the variety of perspectives that eventually converge to create new knowledge. I love to explore these and represent them onstage, in podcasts and in video.
I believe that the scientific world needs non-scientists to participate in conversations about everything from scientific discovery, to ethics, to practicable solutions for intractable problems. I hope to bring to the scientific conversation my artist’s passion for discovery through creativity, and my commitment to humanistic values.
Jennifer Joy is a New York City-based writer, performer, comic and director, with a passion for science. Her solo show, The Physics of Love, a romantic comedy based on the scientific history of the universe, has toured all over the country to rave reviews. Her quirky take on science news, coupled with her observations about her farm-girl childhood in the Midwest and life as a lesbian in New York City, delight and entertain audiences at clubs such as New York Comedy Club, Broadway Comedy Club, Ochi’s at Comix and others.
Jennifer is a lively host, having emceed many shows including Passion, an evening of performance artists and poets at the Leslie Lohman Gallery (a Fresh Fruit Festival production), to Out at the Center, a news program for New York City.
Jennifer is also the Artistic Director of the environmental science performing troupe, The SciArt6. This troupe makes work inspired by the latest research in the environmental sciences. Their work includes puppet shows on food, an immersive performance piece on the ecological history of Manhattan, and a “voicestra” following the history of life on earth.
Jennifer’s work has been featured at Highways (Santa Monica); Emerging Artists’ Theatre, Laurie Beechman Theatre, and Fresh Fruit Festival (New York City); Jon Sims Center, The Marsh, Josie’s Cabaret and Red Dora’s Café (San Francisco) and at conferences such as the Association of Environmental Sciences and Studies, and the Western Regional Conference. Her college performance tour has included Scripps College, Rochester Institute of Technology, University of Redlands, University of Connecticut, College of Staten Island, SUNY Potsdam, Alfred University, Indiana University Pittsburgh, University of Northern Iowa, and more. She is also an accomplished actor, having worked with the Los Angeles Women’s Shakespeare Company, San Francisco Shakespeare Company, Emerging Artists’ Theatre (New York City), Teatro Vision (San Jose). One of her commercials is featured in Fox Television’s World’s Sexiest Commercials, (see that here) and she has appeared in several films. She received her MFA in Drama from UC Irvine.
Bio: Trainer and Keynote Speaker
Jennifer has been a trainer and workshop leader for more than 10 years.
She has worked with the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science, and the Association of Environmental Sciences and Studies, teaching communication and lateral/creative thinking skills to scientists. She has taught improvisation, theatre and communications courses at Long Beach City College, Pace University and the City University of New York.
Jennifer received her BA in Interdisciplinary Humanities from New College of California, and her MFA in Drama from the University of California, Irvine.