Hartstone has taught drama since 2000, and from 2013 has worked as a high school teacher.
Her debut production, The Girl Who Jumped Off The Hollywood Sign has been praised by critics and audiences alike.
Having written and performed it herself – she has toured the show to Edinburgh and Hollywood – the show will come a full circle as part of the Adelaide Cabaret Festival program in June.
“I’m absolutely thrilled … It has been a whirlwind adventure around the world – and Adelaide was the launching pad,” she says.
Director Vince Fusco holds Hartstone in the highest regard.
“Joanne and I have worked together for many years as actors, writers, and producers … she is absolutely one of the most hard-working artists in this state with an eye for the highest calibre performances and a tenacity to continually push the boundaries as a performer and producer,” Fusco says.
Anton Schrama’s directorial debut was made possible through Hartstone’s support.
“[Hartstone] was the producer for Soapbox For Democracy and she assisted me in my first directorial role … she is a natural teacher, educating others to take creative risks,” he says.
Hartstone has just confirmed a season of That Daring Australian Girl in the 2018 Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
“The show has a great educational and societal lean, and I would love to tour it around Australia to reach as many audiences as possible,” she says.