Joyful Raven MFA


Born into an iconic theater family,  Joyful brings to her classes a unique body of experience gained from creating and performing theatre professionally since childhood. She has directed and written multiple award winning solo pieces, and currently holds classes at Berkeley Rep School of Theater and UC Davis.  

She studied theatre and psychology at Sarah Lawrence College in New York and earned an MFA in Dramatic Art from UC Davis. In 2013 she founded Pro-CreativeArts—an applied theatre organization—and is hired throughout the United States to lead trainings that foster creativity, collaboration, and communication.

Her award winning solo comedy Tales of a Sexual Tomboy was dubbed “…one of the funniest shows now on display on Bay Area stages,” by the SF Chronicle in 2017. Her new solo show, Breed or Bust will be appearing soon in partnership with the Berkeley Repertory School of Theater.

Her additional theatre credits include lead actor and co-author of four plays for “Prize of Hope”-winning company Human Nature and co-founder of the ensemble-driven theatre company Rococo Risqué, winner of SF Weekly Best Theater Ensemble 2006.  

"Joyful's grace, beauty, skills, and devotion are exquisite!”


—Judy Langlois

“Joyful is an amazing teacher. She provides excellent feedback. She not only makes it easy to grow, she makes it fun too! “

—Karen Larsen


“Joyful's spirit is contagious. She immediately challenged us to show up and write and be vulnerable.” 

—Amanda Prufer