Spreading Her Wings

Next Steps: Joan Marie Directs Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream at MSTDA

Updated 25 weeks ago David Stone
Joan Marie shares voting on social media with mom Jackie... along with a family legacy of theatrical talent.
Joan Marie shares voting on social media with mom Jackie... along with a family legacy of theatrical talent.
© David Stone / Roosevelt Island Daily

On Election Day, I ran into Joan Marie and her mom, Jacqueline Lucid-Cusick, at PS/IS 217. "Shakespeare," she said when I asked what was next in rapidly advancing career. She's stretching again, now into classic comedy with A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Two years ago, when I met Joan Marie at Starbucks for an interview, her enthusiasm rolled out with such vigor, my fingers on the keyboard, taking notes, could barely keep up.

Joan Marie was turning a corner on the way to going full cycle, from student to teacher, actor and director, at Main Street Theatre & Dance Alliance.

Daughter of theatre veterans, she was only a year out of Fredonia where she earned a BFA in Acting with a minor in Dance.

She was then working on her first directing gig, bringing Almost Maine to the Howe Theatre in the Roosevelt Island Cultural Center. By summer's end, I'd be reporting on her work as an associate artist in the cabaret troupe Shellscrape Theater Company.

She hasn't slowed down, and A Midsummer Night's Dream may be her biggest challenge yet.

As much as any of the talented local youngsters MST&DA nurtured, Joan Marie has kept marching forward with her career. 

We get a chance to see her show off her skills while bringing out the best in her teen theatre students when A Midsummer Night's Dream opens on February 1st at the Howe Theatre.

Get your tickets here for the opening night or follow up performances on the 2nd and 3rd.


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