Our Team

Joanna Castle Miller

Founder / Executive Producer

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Joanna is a writer and producer whose work has appeared on NBC, PBS (Emmy Award: Live from Lincoln Center), Fortune, Time, E!, and Food Network. After graduating from NYU and working in series development with VH1 and Al Roker Productions, she founded Wait Don’t Leave in Washington, DC, with the goal of innovating the audience experience of live theatre and film. She moved the company to Los Angeles in 2015.

Joanna’s plays and films have been produced in New York, Los Angeles, and across the United States, and her short film Ash is currently in distribution with Network Ireland TV. Her satire, sketches, and standup comedy have been featured by Funny or Die, WhoHaha, The Hill, and The Advocate, UCB, and venues across Los Angeles.

As an advocate for new voices in the arts, Joanna has been a guest speaker at the Kennedy Center, founder of First Chance Forum, director of the Gallatin New Play Series, and an editor of the Literacy Review. For over a decade, she’s written on the topic of forced migration, including refugee rights, immigration, and human trafficking.

Along with writing and production, Joanna has over 15 years’ experience in web marketing and continues to advise businesses on best practices in content strategy and SEO. She loves bringing these skills Wait Don’t Leave’s new media projects.

She and her husband now live in Los Angeles with their dog Henry, who graciously lends them space in his apartment.

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Ashleigh Stanczak

Director / Producer

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Ashleigh is an Emerson College and UCB alum who has been working as a producer and director for ten years. A proud member of the Producers Guild of America, her work includes shows for Refinery29, Hasbro, Discovery Channel, History Channel, Animal Planet, MTV, and A&E.

She has produced and directed digital sketch comedy for Funny or Die, WhoHaha, and the iO West Network, as well as numerous independent projects for notable brands and comedians. Her work has been accepted and won at the Austin Film Festival, The Austin Sketch Comedy Fest, the Philly Sketch Comedy Fest, the Colorado Sketch Comedy Fest, and the Houston Sketch Comedy Fest.

Though she has accomplished much in the field of television and media, Ashleigh still claims her most notable job was as Steve Martin’s dog handler. She currently lives in Los Angeles, where she surrounds herself with an overwhelming amount of throw pillows.