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United We Are a Force, and Individually We are W.O.N.

Image Courtesy of Moriah Joy

Women of Note celebrates the unique talents of women of Hampton Roads and seeks to raise awareness of issues women face in the 21st century. We are well aware of the many hats women wear throughout the day as well as throughout their lives and we would like to give women the opportunity to share their experiences juggling these with our community. By sharing our experiences, we hope to inspire others, learn from their perspectives, and foster a dialogue that creates solutions. Today we spot light Moriah Joy.

Affiliation(s) (past and present):

Board Member of The Little Theatre of Norfolk and Secretary of Spotlight News HR

How long have you been (working in/participating in) your field? How did you get into it?

I've been involved in theatre regularly for thirteen years now. It started off with participating in church plays and choral events and then evolved as I became more involved with productions at school.

How long have you been working/ living in in Hampton Roads?

I have been living in the Hampton Roads Area for almost two years now.

What advice would you give young women going into your field?

I would say don't let anyone tell you what you're worth or limit what you can do.

Does your gender influence your relationship to your work? In what way?

I feel like it allows me to offer a different perspective, whether I'm writing, directing, or acting, and approach my pieces from empathetic perspective to further understand the character(s) and convey a more meaningful story to the audience,

Have you faced challenges in your field because of your gender or have you found your gender to be an asset? What kinds of challenges or advantages, and how have they affected your life?

I feel like it has done in the a bit of both. Early on it was difficult because I always felt like the ratio of women to men was greatly disproportionate. Then on top of being taller than the average male, I was usually cast in a role that was centered around being a sexual object or a dead body and sometimes both. But now I feel like the industry is opening up to give women a platform to show the beautiful and intricate complexities that lie beneath.

Any closing thoughts?

I am so thankful to the community of women that I have encountered who are so encouraging and supportive. I hope that we can continue to foster those relationships and build each other up to create great art that allows women's voices to be truly heard.

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