Joanne Zippel’s creative consulting and coaching business evolved out of her work as a manager of playwrights and screenwriters – guiding their careers and helping them to pursue their passions in what is well known as an often difficult, changeable and sometimes arbitrary business.
In her capacity as a consultant and coach she works with clients in a variety of ways–by providing strategic advice and support, to help them to open themselves up to and stay connected to their creative capacity, build a solid foundation from which to make authentic career and life decisions and take practical action on them.
As a producer Joanne’s current projects include Executive Producer on BITE ME by Writer-Actor-Producer Naomi McDougall Jones (Imagine I’m Beautiful, TED TALK What its like to be a Woman In Hollywood), an award-winning subversive romantic comedy starring Christian Coulson, Naomi Grossman and ANNIE GOLDEN and Executive Producer of Director-Producer Kerstin Karlhuber’s upcoming drama REAR VIEW MIRRORS shooting fall 2021 in Texas.
She is the agent for the English language translation of the Batchelder award winning CRY HEART BUT NEVER BREAK by acclaimed Danish author Glenn Ringtved translated by American author and playwright Robert Moulthrop. Joanne has worked with playwright-screenwriter-director David Simpatico who wrote the stage adaptations of Disney’s High School Musical and High School Musical 2 and the award winning musical drama, The Screams of Kitty Genovese, writer-director Jeffrey Jackson who wrote the book and lyrics for Frankenstein: The Musical and the original screenplay White Collared which won first prize in the Santa Barbara Film Festival screenplay competition and Children’s Letters to God the musical theatre adaptation of the best-selling book by Stuart Hample with music by David Evans and lyrics by Doug Cohen.
She has over 25 years experience as an entrepreneur, working in theatre and live event production, marketing, promotion, sponsorship, development and literary management in the entertainment business. She founded Advance Entertainment New York, the first exclusive marketing service for commercial theatre representing over 300 Broadway & Off-Broadway shows and other entertainment events including such hits as Titanic, Rent, Tommy, How to Succeed in Business… Moon Over Buffalo, Smokey Joe’s Cafe, Damn Yankees, Guys and Dolls, Crazy for You, City of Angels, M. Butterfly, Stomp, Driving Miss Daisy, Steel Magnolias, Other People’s Money and Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding. As President of the company, Joanne was responsible for its overall management and administration, new business development, and the design and execution of all marketing activities.
As an entertainment marketing and promotional consultant for Broadway and Off-Broadway theatre productions she developed and implemented television, radio and print promotions for commercial theatre productions. Selected shows include: Paula Vogel’s Pulitzer Prize winning How I Learned to Drive, The Goodbye Girl, Hello Muddah Hello Faddah, Back to Bacharach and David, David Ives’ All in the Timing, Charles Busch’s You Should Be So Lucky, The Drowsy Chaperone and The Pirate Queen.
Joanne is a veteran of the New York theatre community and has produced the critically acclaimed Jenifer Lewis on the Couch, a one woman musical comedy starring Jenifer Lewis at the Roundabout Theatre in New York City and at the Bathurst Street Theatre in Toronto. She also produced Just So, a musical adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s Just So Stories Off-Broadway. For five years she was the producer for The Actor’s Producing Company, a New York based Equity theatre where she produced new plays, readings and workshops bringing together over a hundred actors, directors and playwrights to develop new work. Plays included the American premiere of David Edgar’s Saigon Rose, A Perfect Diamond by Don Rifkind, Not So New Faces, conceived and directed by Stuart Ross and workshops of plays by such writers as David Ives, Quincy Long and Paula Vogel.
She produced and directed the short documentary film Art in Fashion interviewing teen/tween girls about their personal style. Joanne produced Equality Now’s 10th Anniversary Celebration at the Gramercy Theatre featuring Meryl Streep, Alanis Morissette, Kate Clinton, Sarah Jones, Lillias White, and Gloria Steinem sponsored by Marie Claire Magazine. She was a corporate and media sponsorship consultant for DV Walk/Run To End Domestic Violence, an annual event in New York City’s Battery Park sponsored by Verizon Wireless and WCBS-TV. Prior to her involvement in theatre, Joanne was the Director of Corporate Development for the New York City Chapter of the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation. There, she produced large-scale fundraising events such as The Women’s Tennis Association Dinner at the Plaza Hotel and Walk-America involving Fortune 500 companies such as Playtex, Sony and Family Circle Magazine.
Joanne has been a life-long advocate for equality and social justice. She was on the Steering Committee and Board for BlueWave New Jersey, a grassroots progressive political organization. Joanne graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and did graduate work at NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study. She is a graduate of the Hoffman Institute and lives in New Hope, Pennsylvania.