Joanna Read

Owner, Education Director


Choreographer, dancer, teacher and Artistic Director for Same Planet Different World Dance Theatre, Joanna has been performing professionally and teaching dance since 1996.

She received her B.F.A. in dance from the University of Iowa and was an Iowa Arts Fellow at the University of Iowa where she earned her M.F.A. in Choreography. Read has been on faculty at the Dance Center of Columbia College since 2003. Other teaching engagements include the Lou Conte Dance Studio, Visceral Dance Center, Roosevelt University, Joffrey Academy of Dance, Chicago Academy for the Arts, Illinois State University, The University of Iowa, St. Paul’s School, The University of Minnesota, and Thodos Dance Chicago.

Read has performed extensively in Chicago, dancing for 7 years with Mordine & Company Dance Theater, where she also served as director of Mordine and Company’s Youth Dance Company and as Associate Artistic Director. She performed for 5 years with Lucky Plush Productions, as well as appearing with the Chicago Moving Company, Hedwig Dances, Bob Eisen, and Colleen Halloran Performance Group. She has performed works by David Dorfman Faye Driscoll, Liz Burritt, Ginger Farley, Sam Watson, Shapiro and Smith Dance, Carrie Hanson, Armando Duarte, David Berkey, Ashleigh Leite, Ron de Jesus, Alan Sener, Jennifer Kayle, Rene Wadeleigh.  Hedy Weiss of the Chicago Sun Times described Rosenthal’s dancing as “technically outstanding.”

Her choreography has been widely praised by critics in Chicago as well as Minneapolis. Lucia Maura of the Chicago Tribune describes her choreographic work as “bold and exacting” and Matt de la Pena of Time Out Chicago notes “It’s the collective arc of the performance that hits the heartstrings, thanks in part due to Rosenthal’s ability to bring out the best, uninhibited physicality from her dancers.”

Her work Grey Noise, which won her an award from the Joyce Soho Foundation’s A.W.A.R.D Show! Chicago, has been described by Minneapolis critic Camille Lefevre as, “a gripping work of astute intelligence and raw tension filtered through an economical movement vocabulary of barely controlled violence.” Rosenthal’s work has been presented in Chicago, Minneapolis, Iowa, Nebraska, Wisconsin, New York and Missouri. She is a 2013 3 Arts Award Nominee.