Joanna is a leading actress in the West End and on the international stage: as Kim in Miss Saigon (London, original Australian production, original United Kingdom and Ireland Tour and 10th Anniversary Performance); Mary Magdalene in the West End revival of Jesus Christ Superstar (London); Éponine in Les Misérables (London and Odyssey Arena Belfast Concert); Fantine in Les Misérables (London and Windsor Concert performed for HM Queen Elizabeth II and the Royal Family), Grizabella in Cats (London, UK Tour, European Tour, Middle Eastern Tour, Asian Tour and 40th Anniversary Tour); Mimi in Rent (European Tour); Christmas Eve in Avenue Q (London); Sheila Franklin in Hair (London); Thanh in the world premiere of The Real Love (Los Angeles); Heidi in I Sing! (London); The ingénue June in The Musical of Musicals (London); Francesca Johnson in the international premiere of The Bridges of Madison County (Manila); Inang Bayan in Rebel EDSA 30 (Manila); Maria in West Side Story (Manila); Maria Von Trapp in The Sound of Music (Manila); Nellie Forbush in South Pacific in Concert (Manila); Blue Fairy in Pinocchio: A New Musical (Singapore); West End Women (UK Tour); The Magic of Disney in Concert (Hyde Park, London); Defying Gravity: The Songs of Stephen Schwartz (Sydney); Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar in Concert (Tokyo) and Jenna in the international premiere of Waitress (Manila).
She can be heard on the cast recordings of Miss Saigon (The Complete Symphonic Recording) as Kim, Jesus Christ Superstar (1996 London Revival Cast) as Mary Magdalene, The Postman and the Poet (Concept Album) as Beatriz Gonzalez and the feature film Ang Larawan The Portrait (Original Soundtrack) as Candida. Her debut musicals album ‘Joanna Ampil’ (Jay Records) was recorded at the Abbey Road Studios in 2007, followed by pop albums ‘Try Love’ (Sony Music) in 2010 and Joanna Ampil (VIVA Records) in 2014. Her latest singles are ‘Always Better’, ‘Memory’ and ‘One More Gift’.
She can be seen in the digital and television series: Call Me Tita (ABS CBN, iWant TFC); Babae Sa Septic Tank 3 (Netflix, iWant TFC); The Quest(BBC); Mummy Autopsy (Discovery Channel) and Broken News (BBC). She portrayed Corazon in Maalaala Mo Kaya's Kadena (ABS-CBN, iWant TFC) where in she won the GEMS Award for Best Actress for Television. She portrayed Candida in the feature film Ang Larawan The Portrait where she won the Metro Manila Film Festival 2017, PMPC Star Awards, Gawad Pasado, Luna, Gawad Tangi, Guillermo Award, Urduja Best Heritage Film Awards and the Gawad Urian Best Actress Awards.
She performed Grizabella in the 40th Anniversary Tour of Cats (South Korea, 2020/2021) during the height of Covid-19 pandemic with socially distanced audiences and local government protocols and at one point the only performing production in the whole world. This is chronicled in the new documentary film "The Show Must Go On" directed and produced by Sammi Cannold.
She made her Chichester Festival Theatre debut in summer of 2021 in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific as Bloody Mary. The reimagined production was streamed all over the world.