Best known as "Janet Wood" from ABC's hit television series "Three's Company," Joyce DeWitt has had quite a career, especially on the stage, which spans over forty years as a performer and director! Most recently, Joyce starred in "A Scattered, Smothered, and Covered Christmas Musical," the Canadian production of the 2000 Pulitzer Prize winning play "Dinner With Friends," and Alfred Uhry's Tony Award Winning play "The Last Night of Ballyhoo." Other recent stage performances include the North American premiere of the Australian comedy "Daylight Savings," the British farce "Noises Off," the revival of Cole Porter's "Anything Goes," and the Broadway musical "Olympus on My Mind," for which she completed the cast recording...her first record album! Joyce's other theatrical credits include starring roles in "Chapter Two," "Sweet Charity," "Damn Yankees," "Middle of the Night," "Star Spangled Girl," "The Cruicible," "Medea," "Tartuffe," "A Hatful of Rain," "Mac Beth," "The Mikado," "South Pacific," "The Man Who Came To Dinner," "Peter Pan," "Brigadoon," "All the Way Home," "A Month in the Country," "The Tempest," "The Impossible Years," "Stop the World, I Want To Get Off," and "Same Time, Next Year."
Joyce has performed with such legendary performers as Greer Garson, Ann Miller, Perry Como, Bill Cosby, Anne Murray, Tony Randall, Rich Little, Cheryl Ladd, John Ritter, and Steve Martin in various television specials and has guest starred on such hit shows as "The Loveboat," "The Osmonds," "Hope Island," "Cybill," "Twitch City," and "Living Single." Joyce has also starred in the television movies "With This Ring" and "Spring Fling."
In addition to performing, Joyce holds many causes near to her heart. She has worked tiredlessly with Valerie Harper and Dennis Weaver on helping to end world hunger and homelessness as well as various environmental issues. Joyce is most grateful for having been allowed the privilege of hosting the International Awards Ceremony at the White House for the Presidential End Hunger Awards, as well as co-hosting, with Jeff Bridges, the World Food Day Gala at the Kennedy Center.
Now Joyce can be seen in the hilarious Off-Broadway hit show "Miss Abigail's Guide To Dating, Mating, and Marriage" in NYC. Joyce steps effortlessly into the role of "Miss Abigail," that was originated by Eve Plumb, allowing her comedic talents to shine brightly! As "Miss Abigail," Joyce let's the audience in on her successful secrets to dating, mating, and marriage. Revisiting this show with Joyce in it, made me realize why I fell in love with it in the first place! If you are looking for a fun night out either with the girls, guys, or couples, then I still suggest going to see "Miss Abigail's Guide To Dating, Mating, and Marraige" at Sofia's Downstairs Theatre in NYC (221 West 46th Street, between Broadway & 8th Avenue). Click here for tickets!
1. Who or what inspired you to become a performer? Old movies...I couldn’t get enough of them.
2. Who is the one person you haven't worked with that you would like to? There are several, but Peter O’Toole comes to mind immediately.
3. What attracted you to "Miss Abigail's Guide To Dating, Mating, and Marriage?" That is was a comedic piece that occasionally touched the heart...my favorite kind of material.
4. Looking back, what did you enjoy most about being on "Three's Company" and how did that time in your life help shape who you are now? Working with an incredible ensemble of actors, director, crew, staff, and writers.
5. Favorite part of the rehearsal process in a show? None...I really don’t enjoy rehearsals.
6. Favorite place to practice/rehearse on your own? Early in the morning after meditating, sitting in my bed with the script and a good cup of tea.
7. Favorite way to spend your day off? Reading, meditating, walking in the mountains—or a good movie!
8. Favorite place to go on a date in NYC? A good Italian Restaurant—like Da Marino.
9. Favorite website? Don’t have one—I’m somewhat computer illiterate.
10. "Mary" or "Rhoda"? Both! Val is a friend and a dedicated person working to end world hunger—I appreciate her as a person very much. Don’t personally know Mary but love her work.
11. What's the best advice you've ever received? Stay in the present moment. Make that your spiritual practice.
12. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? Not one person, but everyone being very happy.
13. What have you learned from being an actress? That giving joy and laughter is such a pleasure and such a gift to be allowed to do so.