My filmmaking debut! “Golden Possum” at the Iron Mule Short Comedy Film Series

The Iron Mule Short Comedy Film Series set me on assignment and I couldn’t be more proud.

I had so much fun writing and directing “Golden Possum”, made in a month with the inspiration of a star and a suggested title, on my iPhone 6S. Please enjoy. (Six minutes 25 seconds.)

Starring Katie Dallas MayerCameron Aaron AsayBrook Packard, and Nadav Wiesel.

Special thanks to Iron Mule, Ed Krugman and Ethel Klein, Matt Mayer and Jay Miles.

And check out the schedule for next Iron Mule showings here. So inspirational.

Are you interested in making comedy videos? Tell me about your challenges and triumphs, I’d love to keep writing and chatting about what’s possible in the scrappy world of independent short films.


Reset Your Life: Growing Curls after Chemo

I wrote something for the fabulous web site,, and they made me their #resetambassador of the day. Check it out!

Remember: we are all resilient as hell. I wish for you health and happiness in 2018! (And for me, the RLabel silk sweatshirt in grey, size medium.)

(photo credit Alari Koel, hair cut/color Jim Gaylord at Rizza Salon)


My Life Has Given Me Curls

DVR Alert: Law and Order: SVU on Wednesday 1/10/18

Here’s your DVR alert! “Dr. Alexandra Levy”’s episode of Law and Order:SVU is this Wednesday at 9pm (or check your local listings). You’ll see me in two scenes, if all goes according to plan.

Law and Order: SVU co-star, Photo shoot with Alari Koel and more

I’m having a wonderful fall. Just did an incredible photo shoot on the High Line with Alari Koel– thanks for capturing sides of me I didn’t even know I had, Alari!

Am continuing my run in the play “In Love With the Arrow Collar Man,” with two final performances, December 1st and 2nd at Theatre 80 St. Marks.

I just took a class with David Caparelliotis at One on One, and I couldn’t recommend it more highly. He is a wonderful teacher, and as a side benefit, he exposed the class to a lot of new or recent plays that I hadn’t read before. (Anyone doing Annie Baker’s “Body Awareness, give me a call.)

And finally, a few weeks ago I made that NYC actor dream come true– I shot an episode of Law and Order: SVU. Watch for Dr. Alexandra Levy on the episode “Pathological,” coming January 10th to NBC.


More Wild Party photos as we enter our second week! Closes September 17

Our wonderful Wild Party onstage…


And off…



The secret’s out– I’m writing a novel.

Here’s the blurb from my first novel. I promise plenty more info and pre-order links as soon as they’re available. And in case you’re wondering, this has been a crazy good time…

Coming soon:
Emily’s Tour Diary (and Other Tragedies of the Stage)
by Joanna Parson

256-page novel, New Adult fiction

When Emily gets cast in a musical’s national tour, her friends in NYC send her on her way with a brand new journal, a packet of stationery, and squeals of encouragement. She may not be sure she’s a natural fit for the job, but who could turn down a dream gig that any of her peers would kill for? And after 18 cities, 6 months, 2 torrid affairs, 1 near drug bust and thousands of audience members exploding into applause every night, what will it take for this 20-something theater girl to finally come into her own?

Emily’s Tour Diary (and Other Tragedies of the Stage) is a rock and roll, theatrical coming of age tale where a good girl learns where her edges are, one city at a time.