Joyelle Ball

Graduate Student


Joyelle Ball is a PhD candidate in UCSB’s Theater and Dance department.  She received her Master’s in Theatre Studies from UCSB and her Bachelor’s degrees in Theatre and English from Westmont College, and has continued to actively participate in the Santa Barbara theater community. In the past year, she co-directed local theater company RATATAT’s Happy Few, which received a Santa Barbara Indy award and served as dramaturg for UCSB’s production of Top Girls. She also previously assistant directed and dramaturged the UCSB Launch Pad premier of Entangled, directed a car play entitled “We’re Still Kids” for the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, and co-directed RATATAT’s staged reading of “Nina in the Morning.” Joyelle’s research centers on site-specific theatre—on its slippery definition and constantly changing relationship to convention—and on the contemporary destabilization of “site” as a physical concept in performance.  She has presented at Performance Studies International conference and Westmont College’s dialogue on Ancient and Modern Theatre. She is also currently teaching literature at Westmont.