Hey there, I'm Joanna Lipari!
I began my acting career in New York City, studying at the Neighborhood Playhouse with famed acting teacher, Sanford Meisner. I am a founding member along with Mary Steenburgen and Pam Kareman of the improvisational theatre group, The Cracked Tokens which was in residence at the Manhattan Theatre Club in New York. I also appeared off Broadway and in regional theatre before coming to Los Angeles as part of the cast of General Hospital.
I’m a familiar face to TV viewers for my work over the past 40 years on such shows as Rockford Files, Head of the Class, Days and Nights of Molly Dodd, China Beach, The Practice, Chicago Hope, Raising the Bar and the recurring role of The Director on NBC’s Persons Unknown. My film credits include Honeymoon in Vegas, JoJo Dancer, Your Life is Calling with Richard Pryor, and voiceover work on the Star Trek films and TV sequels.
Most recently, I was part of the Pacific Resident Theatre’s revival of RHINOCEROS, which was both an LA Times Critics Choice as well as a Los Angeles Critics Circle nomination. Previously, I won rave reviews for my work as Grandma Franca in Rogue Machine Theatre’s World Premiere production of LUKA’S ROOM.
Recently I appeared in the Netflix film, Spivak as well as an internet series, Stellar People.
Currently, I’m working on a one woman show, Activities of Daily Living which will open in January, 2019.
I also co-authored of the book, The Actor: A Practical Guide to a Professional Career with Eve Brandstein.