Born and based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Joanna's childhood career aspirations of becoming a trapeze artist, a doctor and then a poet, were all a natural progression to becoming a Costume Designer. Having a lucky relocation to Paris, France as an expatriate teenager, Joanna attended the American School of Paris where she outfitted the theatre productions with cast offs found at Parisian flea markets.
Continuing on to the Theatre School at Ryerson University, Joanna found she enjoyed the collaborative process of working with the talent and various departments on a production as well as the creative process of making doublets out of the drapes from the teacher’s lounge. She graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Arts even though she played much hooky to outfit the student films across campus.
Joanna is honoured to have Costume Designed a variation of television projects including Bitten I for SPACE and SyFy, The L.A. Complex: Cycle 2 for The CW and CTV, HBO Canada's The Yard, Backstage I & II for Fresh TV/DHX/Family Channel/Disney, Pure Pwnage for Showcase and Disney's My Babysitter is a Vampire II.
Selected film credits include romantic comedy Love Jacked, a South African/Canadian co-pro (Amber Stevens-West, Shamier Anderson & Keith David), Flower Shop Mystery Series for Hallmark (Brooke Shields & Beau Bridges), For Love & Honor also for Hallmark (James Denton & Natalie Brown), Sonny Liston bio-pic, Phantom Punch (Ving Rhames), the bachelor party antics of Stag (Donald Faison, Eva Amuri), .45 (Milla Jovovich, Stephen Dorff), the unemployed Easter Bunnies in Hank and Mike (Joe Mantegna, Chris Klein), the Dickensian Twist (Nick Stahl), Century Hotel (Colm Feore, Mia Kirschner), Lifetime's Still Small Voices (Catherine Bell), and black comedy Wish You Were Dead (Cary Elwes, Christopher Lloyd, and Gene Simmons).
Web Series design include scfy comedy Space Janitors seasons 1-3, and the 1970's Whatever Linda for which Syrokomla and her team won MEJOR VESTUARIO (Best Costume Design) at the Buenos Aires Web Fest.
In 2014 Joanna was honoured with a nomination for the Virginia and Myrtle Cooper Award, awarded to professional Canadian costume designers in Ontario in mid-career to further enrich their careers through research and travel.
Recently Joanna has been part of some terrific teams in Northern Ontario designing the features Edge of Winter (Joel Kinnamen & Tom Holland), The Steps (Jason Ritter & James Brolin) and Unearthing (Tim Rozon & Jodi Balfour)
Joanna is incredibly proud to support the Canadian costume community with her involvement as a founding member of CAFTCAD where she has many opportunities to play dress up with her friends.
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Luis Sequeira, Costume Designer and former CAFTCAD President and I at CAFTCAD's Otherwordly: The Art of Canadian Costume Design Exhibit at the TIFF Bell Lightbox in 2011 during the Toronto International Film Festival.