Joyce Guy on Sonia Sanchez

“She read her work like jazz.”

Sonia Sanchez laid down the cadence that evolved into poetry slams and Hamilton, influencing multiple generations. Reading her poetry like jazz, she inhabited the work and set a style that still resonates. She also pioneered teaching Black Studies at white universities and was the first woman in America to teach Black Women Studies at the university level. This is Baddddd Sonia Sanchez and you will want to hear actor Joyce Guy tell you her story.


Joyce Guy

Joyce Guy is an actress, solo performer, playwright, director and producer. Joyce has been a constant face on film, television and commercials. Screen credits include Eye of the Hurricane directed by Jesse Wolfe, Moneyball starring Brad Pitt, The Green Hornet, and The Santa Clause. Television roles include Enlightened, Parenthood, Brooklyn 99, Hart of Dixie, General Hospital, Days of Our Lives, Raising the Bar, The Closer, Nip/Tuck, Desperate HousewivesGrey’s Anatomy, The West Wing, Chicago Hope, One Life to LiveSunset Beach, Boston Legal to name a few and was a series regular on Monty starring Henry Winkler.

Her solo theater works have been performed at LACE, LATC, Watts Towers, Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena, Highways, at the Dance Place in Washington, DC, the L.A. Festival, A.S.K. Common Ground Festival at UCLA, Theater @Boston Court, 2100 Square Feet, Theater 150 in Ojai, CA, the New Los Angeles Theater Center and St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery, NY.

Joyce is a Los Angeles local delegate of SAG/AFTRA, a member of AEA, the Television Academy, International Documentary Association (IDA); and a founding member and treasurer of the Black Association of Documentary Filmmakers West (BADWest) in Los Angeles. Dancing Like Home is her first directorial effort.

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Sonia Sanchez

Sonia Sanchez is a Robert Frost award-winning poet and activist in the Black Arts Movement. She has also written plays, children’s books and taught for over thirty years, including founding the Black studies program at San Francisco State University.