Playwright Spotlight: Crystal Joseph
Crystal Joseph has been writing since high school where, depending on the level of boredom, she would write poetry until the bell rang.
After receiving her degree in Humanities: Creative Writing from NYU, Crystal was tapped to be the playwright and director for the teen department of her church in NY. It was through those precious young people she was able to further hone her skills. Both she and her husband Stephen credit their over 10 years of experience working with Arts in Christian Theater in NY for both refining and enhancing their behind the scenes theatrical talents.
Having lived in New York all of her life, she and her husband moved to Charlotte, NC in 2017 to start the new leg of their journey in the arts.
In 2018, Crystal published a book titled ‘
"Who’s that Woman in my Bed?" In 2019 she adapted the book into a screenplay for the stage which she directed and co-produced along with her husband to bring the story to life. In 2019 she and Stephen formed Crystal Clear Storyz Inc, a non-profit organization that utilizes the arts to depict real life drama with a redemptive theme to uplift and inspire social change.
In 2019 once again she adapted one of her skits that was presented at a women’s luncheon in NY. They assembled a production team and produced their first short film titled "Bought Sense is Better Than Borrowed.". This is the story about the sometimes complicated relationship between a mother and her grown daughter. It has since garnered 5 film festival wins.
In 2020, she wrote episode 1 of a 6 part series titled "Super Sheroes". This is a story about 4 women who were given spiritual powers as youths. Twenty-five years later, when they no longer identify as Christians, God activates those powers. The script has garnered 1 film festival win.
Crystal's play, "Cancer: A Love Story" is one that speaks to us about how "when the odds are against us, love has a way of easing the harsh, brash, cruelty of life." It is a story about 3 real women and their journey with cancer. Crystal's hope is that it will make you laugh and cry and hopefully show how even when faced with the unexpected harsh, brash, cruelty of life, you too can lean in and be lifted up by Love.
About Charlotte, Crystal says, “I have met new friends and built new relationships all in 4 years. All I can say is, I love Charlotte, NC.”