andee joyce bio
How can an autistic woman who spent most of her life hidden away, convinced no one would want to listen to her, now go onstage multiple times a week and sing about her autism--and get audiences clapping and swaying to the beat everywhere she goes?
Andee Joyce has performed and recorded under the name Normal Fauna, and under her own name has been part of the "Influence Music Hall Crew" providing the background music for First Tuesday Art Walk in Hillsboro. Now she enters an exciting new phase of her creative life, with her one-person musical comedy RHYTHM AND AUTISM, which premiered at the La Strada Chalk Art Festival in July 2022.
In January 2023, Andee began an artist residency at the Portland theater collective From The Ground Up, where she will be workshopping RAA for the first half of the year. RAA brings all of Andee -- the writer, the composer, the singer, the comedian, the teller of a miraculous tale of late in life transformation -- into one unforgettable whole, and comes in all different shapes and sizes, suiting everything from a backyard show to a full theatrical production.
Andee, who was born in Brooklyn, NY, has been described as “the Hannah Gadsby of music.” Her multi-octave, multi-textured voice is a crayon box with 300 colors, and her unforgettable performances make audiences dance, nod, clap along, laugh, and feel every dimension of her “alternate wiring” as a person on the autism spectrum. Her music is a joyous, rhythmically infectious celebration of difference and an open invitation for everyone to be everything they are.
For more information about RHYTHM AND AUTISM, check out the new RAA page here, which can also be accessed through its own URL.