Her segue into a writing career began as a comedy sketch writer for USA Networks’ “Commander USA”—for which she was a writer and performer for four years, as well as the syndicated show “Horrible Night at the Movies.” As a playwright, her work has been seen in several theaters in the New York area including Ensemble Studio Theatre, the Women’s Theatre Company, What Exit Theatre and Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre. Her play Girl’s Room, starring Broadway legends Carol Lawrence and Donna McKechnie, and directed by Tony-nominated director, Lynne Taylor-Corbett, enjoyed successful runs in both New York and Los Angeles. Joni’s play First A Home, created to raise awareness for the plight of the homeless, was recently performed as part of the New York Society for Ethical Culture’s Ethics and the Theater series. Joni has also created well over four hundred live theatrical pieces, films and documentaries for such companies as Arista Records, AT&T, Johnson & Johnson, Novartis, Pfizer and IBM, among dozens of other Fortune 500 companies. Her writing, which encompasses a wide spectrum of styles and genres, also includes award-winning films and documentaries for the Cancer Institute of New Jersey, as well as the Pfizer Artists’ Gallery, an art show that toured internationally for two years; and the anniversary film for one of the first and oldest AIDS initiatives in Africa, Secure the Future. For the past several years, Joni has been on the consulting board for the Westchester Ballet Company. She is a member of Actors Equity, SAG-AFTRA and the Dramatists Guild.
has a wide and varied background as both a writer and an actress. Joni’s acting career included appearances on the New York stage, regional theatre, television, films and countless television and radio commercials.