is an Associate Professor of African American Theatre and Performance at the College of Charleston who began her career in theatre almost 40 years ago as an actress with the Freedom Theatre in upstate New York. At PURE, she has performed in No Child…Vanya and Sonia and Masha and SpikeThe Mountaintop and The Birds. The 2013 season also found Joy playing Polonius in Hamlet for the 2013 Shakespeare Project. During Piccolo Spoleto 2012, Vandervort-Cobb earned rave reviews for The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe. In 2011 she was seen as the Soothsayer in Shakespeare’s Antony & Cleopatra as part of the Shakespeare Project in residence at the College of Charleston. Piccolo Spoleto 2009 & 2010 included productions of her original one-woman show, Moments of Joy. At the College, she has also performed in The Trojan Women, As You Like It, and Fences. Television work includes Army Wives (Seasons 1, 2, 3, and 4), a CBS movie-of-the-week called Carriers with Bill Nunn and Judith Light, and a national HUD commercial (with her daughter, Jaymie), among others. She voiced the Emmy Award-winning video documentary Where Do We Go From Here?…the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. If you happen to be in Washington, DC, at the US Capitol Building tour, you’ll hear Joy’s voice for the first 15 minutes of your tour. Joy’s voice-over work can also be heard at The Gettysburg Visitors Center and The State Museum of Alabama. Recent film credits include locally filmed Angel Camouflaged (2011) and High Heels and Hoodoo (2012). Directing credits include national tours of Jackie, Vi, & Lena; My Soul Is a Witness; MAHALIA, From the Mississippi Delta, Dreamgirls, Purlie, and for colored girls… Regionally her work has included productions at Swine Palace/The Reilly Theatre of Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom; King Hedley II; and Fences. In 2013, Joy directed a production of Stick Fly by Lydia Diamond with LSU undergrads. Additional credits include Crumbs from the Table of Joy; Having Our Say; Red, Hot & Cole; Gospel at Colonus; Hair; and Ain’t Misbehavin’. At the College, Cobb has directed productions of Flyin’ West; The Lady of Larkspur Lotion; Long Time Since Yesterday; Some Girls; Memory of Water; Funnyhouse of a Negro; Trouble in Mind; Blues for an Alabama Sky; Angels in America, Part I: Millennium Approaches, and The Colored Museum. With Crescent Stage, Joy directed productions of Art and Reasons to Be Pretty for recent Piccolo Festivals.