Joan McBride (actra, caea)

Joan McBride is a versatile Montreal-based actor. Whether on the stage, screen or behind the mic, Joan has a keen eye for detail and nuance bringing authenticity and artistic integrity to every role she takes on.

On screen, Joan is celebrated for her work as Betty, the psychopathic church lady, in the award-winning horror film End of the Line (Maurice Deveraux Productions). Recent projects include Woman in Car (time’s thievish progress to eternity FILMS). The highly praised psychological drama premiered in 2021 at The Canadian Film Fest and The Cinequest Film & Creativity Festival, in California. Other notable credits include several productions on Fatal Trust (CMJ Productions), 18 to Life (Gala Films), Abandon (Paramount Pictures), God Bless This Child (ABC Movie) and feardotcom (Warner Brothers).

On stage, Joan is an active member of the performing arts community in Prince Edward County, Ontario, since moving there in 2014. Recent productions include the role of Lucy Hopperstaad in Norm Foster’s On a First Name Basis, (2019) with acclaimed Canadian actor John Koensgen, as well as the role of Emily Dickinson in the one woman show The Belle of Amherst (2017) by William Luce. ( Joan’s performance in The Belle of Amherst was praised for being “mesmerizing”, “moving” and “sheer poetry”.

Joan will be back on the boards with County Roads Theatre Company in September of 2022 in the role of Ruth Steiner from Collected Stories by Donald Margulies along side Melissa Paulson in the role of Lisa Morrison.

Joan is an accomplished theatre director and acting instructor, with over thirty years of experience teaching at John Abbott College’s Professional Theatre department until 2013. During that time, she conceived and directed Anglo! A Musical Cartoon, which played to full houses, in Montreal, for two and a half years, and directed her students in productions of Dylan Thomas’ classic Under Milk Wood and Edward Bond’s Tin Can People, both of which performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2011 and 2013.

Joan continues to develop as an actor by participating in workshops with her acting coach Gilles Plouffe (, Self-Tape audition workshops with Alex Gravenstien and Maxine Denis ( and Improvisation of Presence with Ruth Zaporah (

Joan delights in bringing her vocal expertise and experience into the world of voice-over commercials and video games.

Joan has a professional home studio, including black box rehearsal room, where she works on her craft, as well records voice over sessions and self-tape and audio auditions.