Born and raised in Montreal, Josa’s true passion has always been to be involved in the entertainment industry. It all started at the Negro Community Centre, spending many Saturdays in various workshops. At the age of eight, in her parents’ basement, she created, produced, and directed her two sisters and numerous cousins for family gatherings and charged admission.
Following her dream at age twenty-five, she founded the Montreal School of Performing Arts (MSOPA). MSOPA provides training to actors of all ages and skill levels to develop their talents on-stage or in front of the camera, under the tutelage of professional instructors. 18 years later, MSOPA has been a respected force in Montreal’s growing acting community, with over 5,000 students participating in their programs. Her continuing dedication to the arts and to her students has earned Josa respect and recognition in the acting industry.
Honours: Award for her contribution to the arts and community from Alliance Quebec Youth Employment Service (1996); inclusion in the publication, Who’s Who in Black Canada (2nd edition); “Woman of Merit” award from A Taste of the Caribbean organization (March 2010).
Favourite book? Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren. It gives me joy and inspiration.
Favourite quotes? 1) “Nothing beats a failure but a try! 2) “One day at a time sweet Jesus…one day at a time.” 3) “If you are down and you can look up, you can get up. Everyone has their cross to bear. Today focus on today!”
Given the chance, what would you love to do that you haven’t done yet? Travel to Africa, and Europe. Take up ballroom dancing.
Who inspires you? God, my mother, Oprah, and my clients.
Why do you do what you do? Know that I woke up, and God gave me another day to do what I love to do.” I love it…most of the time. (LOL)