Joanna P. Adler is an American actress best known for her starring role as Opal, Nicholas Deering's trusted maid for many years whose secretive demeanour suggests that she has much to hide, especially regarding Dahlia's suicide, in the comedy-drama mystery television series Devious Maids, in 2014.
Adler joined Devious Maids from New York, where she's long enjoyed a career onstage and in a wide array of character roles for independent and feature films and TV.
An alumna of Williams College with a BA in Theatre & Art, Joanna left her MA pursuits in Performance Studies at NYU to assay the role of Elva (Edmund) in the internationally renowned theatre company Mabou Mines' Lear.
She continued to work alongside many other celebrated founders of New York's experimental theatre community, arnering an Obie Award for Distinguished Performance and playing the title role in Richard Foreman's critically acclaimed Benita Canova (Obie Award, Best Play).
She gave her Lady Macbeth in the regions, her Pericles on the Lower East Side; and many prominent NY premieres including Paul Rudnick's beloved The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told.
Devoted to the development of new work via the Sundance Institute, The O'Neill Conference, NY Stage & Film etc., she was among the first actors to receive New Dramatists' Bowden Award.
She has played many maids, in works by Shakespeare, Moliere, Genet, Chekhov and Guare - and of course in Devious Maids.