"In Joy looks at the facilitator Maggie Eyre working in theatre classes of improvisation, play and performance for human growth. Influenced by trends in Improv coined in psychotheraputic circles then, I saw a chance to address ways for ‘sapiens’ to do work on their body with techniques that help overcome experiences with violence. I contracted Maggie Eyre and co-scheduled a five day workshop to film ten willing workshop attendees." - Artist Statement
Stephanie Beth is a film-maker based in Christchurch. Her first two films I want to be Joan (1977) and IN JOY (1980) are described as companion pieces, each seeking to portray the reality and potential of womens lives through a documentary lens.