Joy Gregory

Ensemble Member

Since 1988

Joy Gregory is a founding Ensemble Member of Lookingglass, playing Alice in the first production of Through the Lookingglass in 1988 at Northwestern University and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Her first play, All Souls Day, was produced with Lookingglass in 1992, followed by dreaming lucia in 1994. Some of her favorite roles onstage with Lookingglass include Sylv in West, Perfect Love in The Arabian Nights, Patty Drumgoole in Up Against It and Hester Prynne in The Scarlet Letter. She most recently wrote the book and lyrics for the musical The Shaggs: Philosophy of the World, produced with Lookingglass in 2004 and later off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons, where it was nominated for a 2011 Drama Critics’ Circle Award and a Lucile Lortel Award. She co-adapted Studs Terkel’s Race: How Blacks and Whites Think & Feel About the American Obsession, with Ensemble Member David Schwimmer, for Lookingglass’ 2003 season.

Joy is also a writer/producer for series television, beginning her fourth season on the CBS series Madam Secretary. Her episode “Waiting for Taleju” was nominated for a Humanitas Prize this year. She is also developing a series with Kristin Chenoweth. When not writing for television, she is working on a feature film adaptation of The Shaggs: Philosophy of the World as well as other projects which hopefully will one day see the light of day. Joy lives in Los Angeles with her husband Denis and their daughter Lucie.

Bio as of 2017




MFA in Critical Studies, California Institute of the Arts
B.S. in Speech, Northwestern University





    • The Shaggs: Philosophy of the World (Playwrights Horizons, 2011)


    • Felicity (WB, 2000-02)
    • Joan of Arcadia (CBS 2004-05)


    • The Nine (ABC, 2006-07)
    • Jericho (CBS, 2008)
    • Swingtown (CBS, 2008)
    • Trust Me (TNT, 2009)
    • Scoundrels (ABC, 2010)
    • Switched At Birth (ABC Family, 2011-14)
    • Madam Secretary (Writer/Co-Executive Producer, CBS, 2014-Present)

    • Humanitas Award Nominee for Madam Secretary (2015)
    • Hollywood Health and Society Sentinel Award for Switched At Birth (2014, 2015)
    • Peabody Award for Switched At Birth (2011)
    • Humanitas Award Nominee for Joan of Arcadia (2004)
    • Drama Desk Award Nomination for Outstanding Book of a Musical for The Shaggs: Philosophy of the World (Playwrights Horizons, 2012)
    • Lucille Lortel Award Nomination for Outstanding Musical for The Shaggs: Philosophy of the World (Playwrights Horizons, 2012)
    • Jeff Award Nomination for New Adaptation for Race: How Blacks and Whites Think and Feel about the American Obsession (Lookingglass theatre Company, 2003)