Ardre Orie is a celebrity ghostwriter, book publishing expert, playwright, film director and CEO of 13th & Joan Publishing House. Orie has written for a host of clients including VH1, MTV, WETV, BRAVO, BET, CENTRIC, YouTube, Grammy Award-winning artists, the sports and entertainment industries as well as a bevy of entrepreneurs and everyday heroes.
As the product of a single parent home and childhood survivor of domestic violence, Ardre recognized that there was great power in the transparency of her pain through storytelling. Her goal as a media maven is to create platforms and media that allow the voices of those who have suffered from oppressive circumstances to be heard and to create meaningful media that feeds our souls and sheds light on our experiences.
Orie began her career as an author telling the stories of women in her local community at age 10. As author of Consciously Beautiful: I Am Enough (2014), A Heroine in Heels (2015), Let Your Lips Speak Life (2017), Rock and Soul: The Memoir of Thomas McClary, Founder of the Commodores (2017) and 100 Ways to Stay Married (2018) as well as countless ghostwritten books; writer and director of the theatrical productions Lipstick Monologues and The Heart of a Man; and film director of the documentary I Am Consciously Beautiful, Ardre Orie’s work sheds light on life’s experiences while closely examining the effects of mainstream media and societal norms that have defined our journeys and self-worth.
In 2015, Orie founded 13th & Joan, a multimedia publishing agency to provide a vehicle for aspiring authors, playwrights, and film directors to tell their stories and distribute them on a large scale with her support and guidance. In this capacity, Orie has coached hundreds of aspiring writers across the finish line to become published authors.
Prior to taking a leap of faith towards entrepreneurship, Ardre attended Florida State University where she earned both her undergraduate and Master’s Degrees in Special Education. After teaching for 4 years, she went on to earn an Ed.S in Educational Leadership.
Orie continues to thrive as the “Queen of Storytelling” while creating a rich legacy of love.
Ardre Orie currently resides in Chicago, Illinois with her husband and two daughters and a loving son in college.