Two Gents

Our Shakespeare -a-thon!

Donate NowNew York IT AwardsBe our friend!

Joanne Zipay

Founder and Artistic Director of JSC

Joanne Zipay

Joanne Zipay is the founder and Artistic Director of NYC’s award-winning Judith Shakespeare Company.

She most recently directed the company’s gender-blind Cymbeline and reverse-gender Two Gentlemen of Verona.

Ms. Zipay has served as director/dramaturg for numerous JSC productions, including Macbeth, which was honored with a 1996 oobr Award for excellence in the Off-Off Broadway theatre, and Julius Caesar, which was featured on national television’s Lifetime Live.

Ms. Zipay has taught, directed, and performed in the theatre for over 30 years, and holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the classical acting program at the Old Globe Theatre/University of San Diego. She has studied with such eminent master teachers as John Barton, Richard Easton, Cicely Berry, Patsy Rodenburg, Larry Moss, and Stella Adler; and she has taught and directed for a wide variety of programs and theatres including the Stella Adler Conservatory/NYU, the Dallas Theatre Center, the Richmond VA Shakespeare Festival, the Old Globe Theatre, Collin College Dallas TX, the National Shakespeare Conservatory, the Princeton NJ Repertory Shakespeare Festival, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Theatre for a New Audience, and numerous colleges and universities, as well as guiding the training and development of the Judith Shakespeare Company to award-winning standards.

Ms. Zipay directed the Off-Broadway premiere production of Elizabeth Rex with Nicu’s Spoon Theatre, and is also on the theatre faculty at Pace University Manhattan and CCNY.


Judith Shakespeare Company, founded in 1995, is committed to bringing Shakespeare's language to life with clarity and vitality, while expanding the presence of women in classical theatre.