Joanna Pang Atkins has a unique perspective gained from a fascinating lifetime
of experience. Since she was a young girl, Joanna has traveled the world over, performing
as an actress and dancer on stage, television and film. As a natural progression,
she began producing and directing theater for teens and now brings her experience
into schools with multi-cultural dance assemblies and residencies.
From her starring role as a teenage idol on CBS’ top-ratedchildren's show The
Secrets of ISIS, which recently came out on dvd, Joanna's TV appearances have varied
as widely as Saturday Night Live, numerous daytime soap operas, The Lawrence Welk
Show, and dozens of TV commercials.
Joanna's stage performances have taken her throughout the country, touring in
well-known musicals including West Side Story, South Pacific, Music Man, and The
King and I, as well as close to home in the world premiere production of Sayonara
at the Paper Mill Playhouse in New Jersey. Performing with an Asian touring dance
company carried her to the far reaches of Europe, South America, Canada and the U.S.A.
Her professional teaching background is in dance, ranging from ballet to jazz
to folk. She teaches all ages from kindergarten through adult. Her special rapport
with children has her teaching them on TV and as far afield as California studios,
a school in Budapest, and right at home in New Jersey. At many schools, Joanna’s
multi-cultural dance residencies have become an annual tradition. For over ten years,
she has also been a teaching artist for the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC).
In addition to her own performing, Joanna has traveled extensively with her husband,
Dick Atkins, a producer and writer of television and feature films, and their son
Davy, to movie locations from Los Angeles, Georgia and Vermont in the U.S., to Africa,
Budapest, Moscow and St. Petersburg.
Joanna’s biography has been published in Who’s Who in the World and Who’s Who
of American Women.