Joan Kane (director/producer/dramaturg/writer/actor) is the founding Artistic Director of Ego Actus, a theatre company in New York City.

Selected work

Joan Kane directed Sycorax, Cyber Queen of Qamara at HERE, Play Nice! at 59e59 theaters, I Know What Boys Want at Theatre Row, Six Characters in Search of an Author in Oslo, Norway and Kafka’s Belinda in Prague. She also directed both Safe and what do you mean at 59e59 theaters and in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, getting four star reviews for each.

Awards and honors

Joan was awarded Best Director in the United Solo Festival where she has directed six pieces. Joan was named one of the 2011 People of the Year in honor of her contributions to the NY theatre scene and inducted to the Indie Theatre Hall of Fame by nytheatre.com. Her shows have been nominated for 61 awards, winning 21

Selected other work

Joan has also directed plays and readings for the Lark, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Lincoln Center Library, Cherry Lane, Urban Stages, Hudson Guild, Dixon Place, Workshop Theater, Nylon Fusion, Articulate Theatre, Abingdon Theatre, Oberon Theatre, the Samuel French Short Play Festival, the Actors Studio, T. Schreiber Studio, the Broadway Bound festival and many others.


Joan graduated from the High School of Performing Arts, studied acting at the  Neighborhood Playhouse and has an MFA in Directing from The New School and an MS in Museum Education from Bank Street College.

Career Arc

Early in her career she was an Equity, AFTRA and SAG actress. She later became a teaching artist for Henry St Settlement, Young Playwrights and Theatre for a New Audience. Joan went on to teach in New York City Public Schools where she was also a staff developer and at Fordham University as an adjunct professor for both under graduate and graduate classes. Recently she went back on the stage in her own Almost 13, which she performed in the 2019 United Solo Festival.


Joan is a member of The New York Madness Company, Rising Sun Performance Company, The Episcopal Actors’ Guild, the League of Independent Theatre, the Dramatists Guild, New York Women In Film and Television and the Society of Stage Directors & Choreographers. She is a voting member for the New York Innovative Theatre Awards Artistic Achievement committee and a Nominator for the Kilroys List. Joan is also an ex-officio Vice President for Programming on the Executive Board of Directors of the League of Professional Theatre Women.