Marcus, originally from Pittsburgh, was educated at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. She has been active as a theatrical photographer in Washington, D.C. and New York City for most of her career. Starting in 1986, she has been a photographer on Broadway theatre productions, covering over a hundred shows including Wicked, The Lion King, SisterAct, and The Book of Mormon. She is considered to be "one of the preeminent Broadway photographers."
Joan Marcus is married to the theatrical press agent Adrian Bryan-Brown of Boneau/Bryan-Brown, a leading theatrical press agency. They are both involved with Broadway theatre and have been included in "The 10 Greatest Broadway Couples of All Time".
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- "Pictures from "Wicked" A New Musical". Beyond the Rainbow to Oz. Retrieved October 3, 2011.
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- Adrian Bryan-Brown at the Internet Broadway Database.
- "Picture – Adrian Bryan-Brown and Joan Marcus at The Plaza Hotel, Tony Awards New York New York United States, Monday 9th June 2014". Contactmusic.com. 9 June 2014. Retrieved 5 June 2015.
- Stewart, Zachary (13 February 2014). "The 10 Greatest Broadway Couples of All Time". TheaterMania. Retrieved 5 June 2015.
- Gans, Andrew (9 April 2014). "Tony Honors for Excellence Will Be Presented to Joe Benincasa, Joan Marcus and Charlotte Wilcox". Playbill. Retrieved 5 June 2015.
- "BWW TV Exclusive: Tony Honors Joan Marcus – A Tony Awards Special Feature". BroadwayWorld.com. 19 May 2014. Retrieved 5 June 2015.
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