Reader Spotlight- Joan Marshall
Meet Fort Myers resident Joan Marshall
Work: Retired. Previously spent more than 50 years in the theatre, initially as a Broadway singer-actor performing the lead in two Broadway musicals—Donnybrook (1961) and 110 in the Shade (1964), and then as the creative director of Contempo Communications, an award-winning business theatre production company founded in New York in 1963 by me and my director-producer husband, David Marshall. We started Contempo two months after the birth of our first child. When I gave birth to twins in 1966 I retired from the stage to devote all my energies to our young family and company.
Proudest achievement: I am proudest of my success in combining the roles of business executive and homemaker at a time when women were only beginning to rise to leadership roles in companies.
Expectations for the future: When my husband died from Parkinson’s in 2007, I became a political activist. As I grew more aware of the escalating threats to the world from climate change, I devoted myself to this cause and established a Climate Action Team in 2015 at my place of worship, All Faiths Unitarian Congregation. My future is dedicated to addressing the rising existential challenge of climate change in any way I can.
Favorite Websites: Subscriptions to the New York Times, the News-Press and numerous climate organizations.
Local or global causes supported: I helped foster and support local chapters of several climate organizations including the Pachamama Alliance, Citizens Climate Lobby and Climate Reality. I support the work of Growing Climate Solutions: Path to Positive SWFL (GrowingClimateSolutions.org) and the Sierra Club Florida Chapter (SierraClub.org) and I am an advisor to the SWFL RESET Center (SWFLReset.org) board of directors.
Favorite thing about Natural Awakenings: Focus on healthy lifestyles.
Where you pick up your copy of Natural Awakenings: Ada’s Natural Market, in Ft. Myers.
Most frequented healthy food restaurant: I live with my daughter, Nina, a gifted vegetarian cook. We rarely eat out.
How I support my community: Through my climate activism.
Favorite inspirational quote: “The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. We cannot change it without changing our thinking.” Albert Einstein.
What I am doing to be the change I want to see in the world: I am using my performing and leadership skills to help inspire others to bring about the changes essential to protecting and preserving life on Earth.