Vice President

Joan Marie Hurwit

Joan received her MA in Theatre Arts at 22 and has worked as a creative professional in the arts, education, and community engagement. She moved to SLO from Los Angeles in 2017 to manage the theater at Cuesta College, and works in the theater world as a director, dramaturg, and choreographer. Joan is a proud member of LMDA (Literary Members and Dramaturgs of the Americas), belongs to the Scholars Without Borders honors society, holds a Presidential Award from the SDSU Student Research Symposium, taught briefly at the university level and hopes to again. She is honored to share her experiences when hosting leadership workshops in both professional and educational settings.

In 2015, she left her position as the student leadership faculty advisor at LA Valley College to pursue a year-long, nationwide research project (loosely based on her graduate work) to learn how different communities use the arts to address and transform trauma. She published articles in theatre journals, created a traveling podcast, and gathered documentary footage. In 2014, Joan founded an organization to promote creative acts of kindness, where she collaborates on creative solutions for in-need groups like DV women’s shelters, homeless centers, and animal rehabs—and she looks forward to continuing this work soon in SLO County.

Joan is a passionate advocate, activist, and artist. When she’s not off adventuring, Joan keeps busy at her happy home in SLO as a semi-obsessed crafter, ebullient baker, novice but zealous propagator of plants, and avid fan girl of all the local cows. She loves YPNG softball, writes for SLO Scoop, occasionally sings with Cabaret 805, and is directing the Spring theatre production at Cuesta. Her favorite words are “community” and “collaboration,” which is no coincidence considering how very excited she is to be invited onto the YPNG board after only a year in SLO. Be sure to say hello at the next YPNG social!