joan miller is a self-proclaimed geek and a Michigan native. She received her BA in Theatre Arts from Kalamazoo College in 2009 where she also worked extensively on leading student writing workshops and teaching theatricality and circus techniques in the student organization she co-founded, Cirque du K. joan went on to pursue an MFA in Dramatic Writing from the Savannah College of Art and Design which she completed in 2013. After completing her degree, joan worked for two years as a performer and assistant director at the New York Renaissance Faire where she continued to teach circus arts, theatricality and storytelling practices to fellow performers. In the 2014-15 academic year joan completed her MA in Performance Studies at New York University where she pursued research on political cross-racial cosplay, memoir as critical theory, issues of abjection in conjunction with #GamerGate and other themes surrounding fandom, social media technology and critical race and gender theory.