Joana Pires is an actor, teaching artist and creator. She has facilitated, directed and produced work for numerous arts companies and performance programs for over 14 years. She is a qualified inclusion artist, certified coach and obtained her Graduate Certificate in Arts and Social Engagement from the Victorian College of the Arts.
Joana is a published author (Pêssego Rosa) and worked under mentor, writer Christos Tsiolkas (Barracuda, The Slap, Head On), to write, direct and perform in the stage production of Waking in Angola (La Mama Theatre). Through the Malthouse Theatre Development Award, Joana worked under the playwriting mentorship of Jenny Kemp (The Black Sequin Dress).
Joana is a professionally trained actor. Her most recent screen acting credits include supporting roles in; US series Preacher, the comedy series The Housemate (ABC iView), the BAFTA and AACTA award winning mini series Mrs Biggs (ITV UK, Seven Network), the feature film Healing (Pinnacle Films), as well as short films including Alethea Jones’ (Fun Mom Dinner, Barbie) Girl In The Moon, Corrie Chen’s (Sisters) Alasturia, and numerous commercials. Joana made her Melbourne Theatre Company stage debut as Valeria in I Call My Brothers, directed by Nadja Kostich. She is the winning recipient of the Malthouse Theatre Development Award for Truth Machine (Malthouse Theatre), which she co-wrote and performed. Some of her other stage credits also include, Love Boy (Arts Centre Melbourne) directed by Susie Dee, Fate (Arts Centre Melbourne) directed by Tariro Mavondo and Tenderness (Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, Sydney) directed by Nadja Kostich.