Joan is an American author, actor, voiceover artist, on-camera host and juror for the Emmy® Awards at the National Academy Of Television Arts & Sciences. She is the Co-founder, and Vice President of the Society of Voice Arts and Sciences™ (SOVAS™), an international nonprofit corporation that oversees That’s Voiceover!™ Career Expo, the Voice Arts® Awards and multiple programs providing training, education, academic/financial aid scholarships and career counseling for voice actors. SOVAS™ is the longest running voiceover conference in the world and has honored legendary talents, such as James Earl Jones, Mark Hamill, Lily Tomlin, Muhammad Ali, William Shatner, Laraine Newman, Michael Buffer, Erin Brockovich, Ken Burns, Nancy Cartwright, Ving Rhames, Sigourney Weaver, Patrick Howard Fraley, and Keith David.
Joan is the author of “Secrets of Voice-Over Success”, the first book to chronicle multiple career journeys of some of the top voice actors in America. The book remains the most prolific book on the subject after three (3) editions over more than 10 years. In addition, Joan has written a variety of trade articles, and co-written more than 50 columns for Backstage Magazine with her husband, Rudy Gaskins. Alongside her duties as VP for SOVAS™, Joan is among a very select group of professionals who are widely known and sought after, for teaching the craft of voice acting. She has taught the Columbia University Graduate Drama Class for the past two (3) years and also teaches for New York University and Western Kentucky University, Actors Institute (NYC), New York’s Professional Performing Arts School, and in 2022, holds a position as adjunct professor (Voice Acting) at the renowned Hartts Theater Division at The University Of Hartford.
As a voice actor and producer, Joan has won a combined six (6) TellyAwards and two (2) PromaxBDA Awards. Her voice acting work includes commercials, promos and narration for ESPN, ABC’s, The View, HLN, TBS, HBO, Grand Theft Auto, Showtime, Nickelodeon, Chase Bank, American Express, NICK at NITE, ABC News, CBS Sports, Lifetime, Lexus, and The Academy of Television, Arts & Sciences. She’s the on-camera host for A&E’s Tribeca Film Festival Red Carpet Interviews, and Backstage Magazine’s, Set The Scene.
Joan has got it going on live. Having announced Bravo’s Moving Image Salute to Will Smith, the Red Dress Awards, Muse Awards for Woman in Television & Film, PromaxBDA Conference, The Red Dress Awards, and Matrix Awards, Joan’s career has always been coupled with her passion for philanthropic giving – spotlighted with feature articles in The New York Times, Washington Post, Vulture.com, NBC News, Spotify.com, Black Enterprise, New York Post, Hollywood Reporter, New York Daily News, Backstage, Media Week, ADWEEK and Broadcasting & Cable and Crain’s USA.
Joan currently resides in Weehawken, New Jersey with her husband and business partner, Rudy Gaskins.