Drama Teacher: 

Joy Gardner Email: JGardner@HeritageAcademyAZ.com


Joy Gardner was born and raised in Gainesville, Florida. She received a scholarship in the Music Dance Theater Program at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah where she earned her Bachelors of Fine Arts degree. As a freshman, she was cast as a member of the traveling musical theater company, Young Ambassadors, where she had her first opportunity to perform outside the U.S. Following her experience with Young Ambassadors, she was signed as a lead singer for Holland America Cruise Lines. 

Joy has been in many films including, The Testaments: Of One Fold and One Shepherd , Joseph Smith: Prophet of the Restoration, and Liken the Scriptures. During her time in Utah, Joy was asked to workshop and originate the role of “Mary, the mother of Jesus” in a new musical, Savior of the World; the first major production in the new Conference Center Theater at Temple Square in Salt Lake City. Joy has also performed as "Emma Smith" in the core cast of the Nauvoo and British Pageants in Nauvoo, Illinois. 

Joy has a love for teaching in the arts. Following graduation from BYU, Joy joined the Music faculty at Brigham Young University, teaching contemporary musical theater singing.  She has also taught in the Musical Theater department at the University of Florida and Mesa Community College.  

Joy is a guest artist on numerous professional recordings, and has a solo inspirational CD, “There Is Hope”. She is currently the lead singer for the Uptown Big Band, performing at private and corporate events all over the state of Arizona. Joy and her husband, Quin, have been blessed with three beautiful children. 


STAGE CRAFT TEACHER:

Kerwin Blau Email: kblau@heritageacademyaz.com