Joelysa Pankanea: Composer-Musical Director | Theatre-Film

JoelysaJoelysa’s original scores have been celebrated in theatres across Canada for over a decade.  As a composer, musical director and percussionist, her versatile abilities have taken her into the worlds of theatre, film, animation, and more recently, writing her own musicals.

In the realm of theatre, Joelysa’s unique composing and musical directing style have earned her multiple awards and nominations for a variety of categories ranging from Outstanding Composition, Best New Play and Outstanding Artistic Achievements.  A seasoned professional in her field, Joelysa has musical directed casts of up to 150 members and composed original scores for over 30 productions, most of which she also musical directed.

In the realms of film and animation, Joelysa was recently nominated for a Leo Award for her score for the dramatic short Hop The Twig that won CBC’s Short Film Face Off (5th season).  One of her more recent string scores for documentary film is featured in the stunning Cry Rock, by Smayaykila Films that continues to tour film festivals across Canada and the United States.

Throughout her career, Joelysa has earned the reputation of a prolific composer with the ability to weave her own whimsical and melancholic sound into any genre of music she tackles.  Always on the lookout for exciting challenges, Joelysa’s newest musical is currently in development (with generous support from the Canada Council).

Following are some of the awards and nominations she has received throughout her career:

  • Jessie Award – Outstanding Original Composition – Crime and Punishment
  • Jessie Award – Outstanding Original Composition – Maharaja’s Daughter
  • Jessie Award – Outstanding Production – King Llyr
  • Leo Award Nomination – Best Musical Score – Hop the Twig
  • Critics’ Choice Spotlight Award – Sound Design – The Life Inside


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