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ABOUT JOE

Over the course of my theater career, I’ve been the artistic director for the Ensemble Theater Company in Santa Barbara (1979-1986), the Madison Repertory Theater (1986-1993), and the Milwaukee Repertory Theater (1993-2010). In my time leading the Milwaukee Rep, we established an exceptionally talented resident acting ensemble, and recruited acclaimed US and international directors to present a wide-ranging and innovative repertoire. In addition to classics and established plays, our work included more than fifty new American plays, translations, and adaptations, many of which have gone on to be produced throughout the US and internationally. As an artist, I directed forty plus productions, as well as wrote stage adaptations and, on occasion, acted in productions. 


Since retiring from the Milwaukee REP I’ve returned to the company to direct several times, as well as directed multiple productions for the Utah, Idaho and Door Shakespeare Festivals, and Great Lakes Theater.  Other freelance productions since retiring from the Milwaukee REP were at the Writer’s Theatre in Chicago, the REP at the University of Delaware, and the Pearl Theater in NYC where our 2010 production of The Misanthrope was nominated for a Lucille Lortel award for the best production Off-Broadway. I’ve also been a guest director for university training programs at Northwestern University, Kent State University, the University of Connecticut, and the University of Delaware. As a writer, I’ve created stage adaptations of The Tavern for the Utah Shakespeare Festival and, with JR Sullivan, adaptations of Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility and both have had several productions at major theaters in the US and abroad. During the pandemic I’ve kept busy directing a virtual production of The Lifespan of a Fact for Forward Theater in Madison as well as writing a commissioned adaptation
of Emma for People’s Light Theater.  


And I’m not done yet. In the spirit of the character of Dani Rojas from Ted Lasso, “Theater is life!” For me working with a team of producers, support staff, designers, stage-managers, and actors is life. There’s so much more to learn, to explore, to create and to share. I’d love to talk with you about what we can make together.