Welcome to Attic Studio
Joanna Hempel is a writer with over thirty plays to her credit. She was director of the Armidale School of Youth Drama for almost twenty years. Her published plays have become classics, studied and performed by youth theatres, and English and Drama students around Australia, USA and Canada. She wrote close to one hundred comic sketches, as well as two adult plays for the New England Theatre Company, variously staged at the Arts Theatre at the University of New England, the Drama Studio, the Armidale Playhouse, and the Valhalla in Glebe, Sydney. She recently completed a set of seven dramatic monologues, tiltled Doors, capturing women of various ages at pivotal moments in their lives.
From 2001 to 2012 she was a regular contributor to Soirees Litteraires and, from 2006 to 2010, was its director, organising monthly speakers on European literature and writers at the New South Wales Writers' Centre in Sydney.
In 2001 Joanna began coaching adults and teenagers in her Attic Studio in Sydney - in drama, voice and English language. She now divides her time between Sydney, the Hunter Valley and Warsaw. While doing her research and writing in Warsaw she enjoys coaching people in English.
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Over the years Joanna Hempel shared her techniques as a drama and performance specialist with Australian students of drama and English, and with teachers of drama and English in colleges and at conferences inter-state & overseas. A graduate in Psychology, History and English from the University of Sydney, Joanna later trained in Theatre, gaining an M.Litt at the University of New England, Armidale. With a Polish-Lithuanian background tempered by Russian, English and Australian influences, she was born in Edinburgh, spent her childhood in England, but attended school and university in Australia.