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Joanne Vannicola is an Emmy award winning actor and has been nominated four times for her work in television and film in her career. She is also the recipient of the Leslie Yeo award for Volunteerism, 2019. Joanne is the chair of the LGBTQ committee, outACTRAto, founded Youth Out Loud (YouthOutLoud.ca), and is working on an LGBTQ YA.
Joanne Vannicola grew up in a violent home with a physically abusive father and a mother who had no sexual boundaries.
After being pressured to leave home at fourteen, and after fifteen years of estrangement, Joanne learns that her mother is dying. Compelled to reconnect, she visits with her, unearthing a trove of devastating secrets.
Joanne relates her heartfelt journey from child performer to Emmy Award–winning actor, from hiding in the closet to embracing her own sexuality and independence. (Dundurn)