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Johanna Day

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Johanna Day
Born1964 (age 59–60)
EducationAmerican Academy of Dramatic Arts

Johanna Day (born 1964) is an American actress. She was nominated for two Tony Awards for her performances in the 2000 play Proof and the 2016 production of the play Sweat. Her other accolades include a Helen Hayes Award and an Obie Award, as well as nominations for a Drama Desk Award, a Drama League Award, an Outer Critics Circle Award and two Lucille Lortel Awards.

Early life[edit]

Johanna was born in Winchester, Virginia and grew up in Rappahannock County, Virginia. She is the daughter and ninth child of Eileen Mitchell Day of Sperryville and Walter Day of Flint Hill.[1] She graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in 1984.


In August 2013 Johanna Day costarred with Reg Rogers in the world premiere of Carly Mensch's play Oblivion at the Westport Country Playhouse.[2]

She costarred with Amelia Campbell in Penn State Centre Stage 2013 production of David Lindsay-Abaire's play Good People.[3]

She appeared with Tracy Letts and Parker Posey in the world premiere of Will Eno's play The Realistic Joneses on April 20, 2012 at the Yale Repertory Theatre.[4]

She appeared as Barbara Fordham in the 2007 performance of August: Osage County at the Imperial Theatre on Broadway and played Claire in the 2000 production of David Auburn's Proof at the Walter Kerr Theatre.[5]

In 2022, she appeared as Marta in Denis Johnson’s play Des Moines that takes place entirely in a kitchen.[6]



Joanna Day has frequently appeared in guest roles on television dramas including on Alpha House, Madam Secretary, Elementary, Masters of Sex, The Americans, Royal Pains, Fringe, Judging Amy, All My Children, Law & Order, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Law & Order: Trial by Jury, and Law & Order: Criminal Intent. She appeared in the 2011 television short Henry.

She is especially known for her role of Marilyn Stafford on the daytime TV drama All My Children.


Johanna Day won the Helen Hayes Award as Leading Actress in a Resident Play for her starring role in the 2006 Arena Stage production of The Rainmaker.[1][10]

In 2000, she was nominated for a Tony Award for her performance in Proof.

In 2008, she was a nominee for the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play for her role of Ann in the Second Stage Theatre production of Edward Albee's Peter and Jerry.

In 2014, she won an Obie Award for her performance in Appropriate at the Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre.

In 2017, she was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play for her role in Sweat.


  1. ^ a b Lykes, Richard (2007-05-10). "Helen Hayes Award goes to Johanna Day". Fairfax Times. Archived from the original on 2014-01-03. Retrieved 2014-01-03.
  2. ^ Gates, Anita (2013-08-29). "Accepting a God, and Rejecting Her Parents". The New York Times. Retrieved 2014-01-03.
  3. ^ Gans, Andrew (2013-06-12). "Johanna Day, R. Ward Duffy and Amelia Campbell Are Good People at Penn State Centre Stage, Starting June 12". Playbill. Archived from the original on 2014-01-03. Retrieved 2014-01-03.
  4. ^ Hetrick, Adam (2012-04-20). "The Realistic Joneses, With Johanna Day, Tracy Letts and Parker Posey, Premieres at Yale Rep April 20". Playbill. Archived from the original on 2014-01-03. Retrieved 2014-01-03.
  5. ^ "Johanna Day | Performer". Playbill Vault. Archived from the original on 2015-09-24. Retrieved 2014-01-03.
  6. ^ Scheck, Frank (2022-12-17). "Des Moines: Kitchen Sink Naturalism, Turned on Its Head". New York Stage Review. Retrieved 2023-09-25.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h "Artists | Johanna Day". Vineyard Theatre. 2014-01-03. Archived from the original on 2014-01-03. Retrieved 2014-01-03.
  8. ^ Otten, Ted (November 23, 2012). "Bucks County Playhouse presents stage version of Stephen King's 'Misery'". NJ.com. Retrieved January 6, 2023.
  9. ^ "Des Moines By Denis Johnson, December 4, 2022 – January 1, 2023". Theatre for a New Audience. 2022-07-26. Retrieved 2022-12-21.
  10. ^ Markowitz, Joel (2008-05-01). "Chats with Johanna Day and Tim Acito". DC Theatre Scene. Retrieved 2014-01-03.

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