Joanna Gleason Tony Award winner and Drama Desk Award recipient, has had an active film and TV career, but is probably best known for her stage work. Gleason made her Broadway debut in 1977 in I Love My Wife, for which she was honored with a Theatre World Award. Additional Broadway credits include Tom Stoppard‘s The Real Thing, Peter Nichols‘ A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, Nick & Nora, Into the Woods (for which she won several awards including a Tony Award in the lead role of the Baker’s Wife, which she played in the PBS Great Performances production of the musical), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, and The Cartells. Her film and television career began in 1977 with her first appearance in Hello, Larry. She had film roles in Hannah and Her Sisters and Heartburn (both 1986). Gleason would work again with Woody Allen in Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989), this time playing the wife of Allen’s character.

 

Gleason appeared in several films in the 1990s, including F/X2, Mr. Holland’s Opus, Boogie Nights, The Boys and Road Ends. More recently she has appeared in The Good Wife, Fathers and Sons, Blue Bloods, and The Wedding Planner. On television, she played the role of Nadine Berkus on the show Love & War (1992–95), several episodes of which she also directed. She played Joan Silver on Temporarily Yours (1997). Gleason starred in the Lifetime series Oh Baby as Charlotte from 1998–2000, also directing episodes of this show. Shortly following the end of this series, she starred opposite Bette Midler and Lindsay Lohan on Bette as agent Connie Randolph. She appeared in several made-for-TV movies, including If These Walls Could Talk, For the Love of Aaron, Born Too Soon, and For Richer, for Poorer. Her numerous guest starring TV credits include episodes of The West Wing, The Practice, King of the Hill, Friends, Tracey Takes On…, Murphy Brown, ER,Outer Limits, and Diff’rent Strokes.

 

In 2007, Gleason was honored by the New England Theatre Conference with a Special Award for Achievement in Theatre.

 

Although best known for her work in theatre, film and television, Joanna has been teaching for twenty-five years. Her master classes in song work for actors and singers (okay, singing actors, acting-singers, “I’d-rather-eat-nails-than-get-up-and-sing” actors, and singers whose eyes glaze over whilst singing, are in constant demand coast to coast. To coast (the Gulf) New workshop listings can be found on her Joanna Gleason’s Master Class Facebook page.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Awards

 

1977 Theatre World Award – I Love My Wife

1986 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play – It’s Only a Play

1986 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play – Social Security

1988 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical – Into the Woods

1988 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical – Into the Woods

Nominations

 

1985 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play – Joe Egg

1985 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play – Joe Egg

2005 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical – Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

2005 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical – Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

 

 

Filmography

 

–       Sensitive Skin (TV Series) 2014

 

–       The Skeleton Twins 2014

 

–       Last Vegas 2013

 

–       Blue Bloods (TV Series) 2013

 

–       The Good Wife (TV Series) 2009-2012

 

–       Royal Pains (TV Series) 2011

 

–       Delocated (TV Series) 2010

 

–       How to Make it in America (TV Series)

 

–       The Rebound 2009

 

–       The Unusuals (TV Series) 2009

 

–       The Women 2008

 

–       My Sassy Girl 2008

 

–       Sex and the City 2008

 

–       The Girl in the Park 2007

 

–       Wedding Daze 2006

 

–       Father’s and Sons (TV Movie) 2005

 

–       King of the Hill (TV Series) 1997-2004

 

–       The West Wing (TV Series) 2001-2002

 

–       The Practice (TV Series) 2001

 

–       Bette (TV Series) 2000-2001

 

–       The Wedding Planner 2001

 

–       Oh Baby (TV Series) 1998-2000

 

–       Friends (TV Series) 1999

 

–       Let the Devil Wear Black 1999

 

–       Tracey Takes On…(TV Series) 1996-1998

 

–       George & Leo (TV Series) 1998

 

–       Murphy Brown (TV Series) 1997

 

–       Road Ends 1997

 

–       Boogie Nights 1997

 

–       Perversions of Science (TV Series) 1997

 

–       American Perfekt 1997

 

–       Temporarily Yours (TV Series) 1997

 

–       Adventures from the Book of Virtues (TV Series) 1997

 

–       If These Walls Could Talk (TV Movie) 1996

 

–       Edie and Pen 1996

 

–       ER (TV Series) 1996

 

–       The Outer Limits (TV Series) 1996

 

–       Mr. Holland’s Opus 1995

 

–       Love & War (TV Series) 1992-1995

 

–       For the Love of Aaron (TV Movie) 1994

 

–       Born Too Soon (TV Movie) 1993

 

–       For Richer, For Poorer (TV Movie) 1992

 

–       F/X2 1991

 

–       The Boys (TV Movie) 1991

 

–       American Playhouse (TV Series) 1989-1991

 

–       Crimes and Misdemeanors 1989

 

–       Heartburn 1986

 

–       Hannah and Her Sisters 1986

 

–       Still the Beaver (TV Movie) 1983

 

–       The New Leave it to Beaver (TV Series) 1983

 

–       Great Day (TV Movie) 1983

 

–       Love Sidney (TV Series) 1982

 

–       Why Us? (TV Short) 1981

 

–       Bosum Buddies (TV Series) 1981

 

–       Hello, Larry (TV Series) 1979-1980

 

–       Diff’rent Strokes (TV Series) 1979