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Professor of Musical Theatre and ...

Phone: (937) ***-****  HQ Phone
The Human Race Theatre Company
126 N Main Street Ste. 300
Dayton , Ohio 45402
United States

Company Description: As our Artistic Mission states, The Human Race Theatre Company works to affect the conscience of our community, to see our audiences as our partner in the creative...   more

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  • MFA
    Northwestern University
  • MFA , Directing
    Carnegie Mellon University
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directed by Joe ..., 5 Oct 2015 [cached]
directed by Joe Deer
Thanks to Joe and Kevin.
Thanks to Joe and everyone at Human Race. Special thanks to Todd and everyone at ATB!
Thank you Joe, Kevin, and all at Human Race!
Thanks to Joe and The Human Race for this opportunity to return to the Dayton stage and my family and friends for their love and support.
Thanks to Joe, Sean, and Kevin for this opportunity!
Much love and thanks to Kevin, Tara, Joe, and the whole HRTC team!
Thank you: Agent Eddie Rabon, Human Race Theatre Company, Andrea Gastman, Jose Lares, Alpha Omega Dance Company, Trent Kendall, Paul Castree, Andreas Linardatos, Joe Deer, Edward Simonick.
Joe Deer (Director) is a proud Resident Artist with The Human Race Theatre Company and has directed a dozen shows here, including Avenue Q, Seussical, Big River and Lend Me a Tenor. He is the Distinguished Professor of Musical Theatre at Wright State University where he is head of the BFA Musical Theatre program and Director of The Musical Theatre Initiative. Joe also works closely with Muse Machine here in Dayton and is active internationally as a director, choreographer, master teacher and scholar. He is the author of Acting in Musical Theatre (co-author, Rocco Dal Vera), Directing in Musical Theatre and dozens of articles. In a past life, he was an actor, dancer and stage manager on Broadway and on tour in shows such as Guys and Dolls, Anything Goes, Singin' in the Rain, The Music Man and The American Dancemachine. Joe is also the newest inductee to the Dayton Theatre Hall of Fame and is happy to call Dayton his home.
Special thanks to Joe, Kevin, and MDJ!
As a native, it is always fun to return to Dayton, and a pleasure to work with this exciting company and especially Joe Deer. Dick's work has been seen at the Virginia Stage Company, Starlight Productions in Pittsburgh, the Weston Playhouse in Vermont, the Pittsburgh Public Theatre and the McCarter Theatre in New Jersey. New York credits include Conrack for AMAS (nominated for an AUDELCO Award), Fascinatin' Rhythms, a tour for Columbia Artists and a new play, Wilson. He is co-author of Scene Design and Stage Lighting, soon to be in its 10th edition. He currently serves as the Associate Head of the School of Drama at Carnegie Mellon University and is a member of United Scenic Artists. He received his MFA from Northwestern University.
The Human Race Theatre Company : The Noteworthy Life of Howard Barnes : Who's Who, 5 Oct 2015 [cached]
Joe Deer*+
Joe Deer (Father) Human Race: Resident Artist, directed and/or choreographed 11 productions including Avenue Q and It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play. Wright State University: Distinguished Professor of Musical Theatre and Director, The Musical Theatre Initiative.
The Human Race Theatre Company : It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play : Who's Who, 19 Dec 2014 [cached]
directed by Joe Deer
Susan J. Jacks (Lana Sherwood/Violet) is delighted to work again with Joe Deer, who directed her in Forum and You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown at the Mountain Playhouse.
Joe Deer (Director) is the award-winning director and choreographer of plays and musicals Off-Broadway, in regional theatres and university stages across the US. Joe is a proud Resident Artist with The Human Race Theatre Company where he staged Avenue Q, Lend Me A Tenor, Seussical and many others. A performing veteran of many Broadway and national companies, at Wright State University, he is Distinguished Professor of Musical Theatre and Director of The Musical Theatre Initiative. Joe is author of the books Acting in Musical Theatre (co-author Rocco Dal Vera) and Directing in Musical Theatre and teaches internationally at many of the world's finest training centers.
Wright State U - Acting & Theatre Wright State U in Ohio, 18 June 2008 [cached]
Joe began his New York career tap dancing on the sidewalk outside the Shubert Theatre, and went on to perform in the Broadway and national tour productions of Anything Goes, The Music Man, Brigadoon, Singin' in the Rain and The American Dancemachine, as well as numerous Off-Broadway and concert performances at Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center and the Palace Theatre. Joe was stage manager for the acclaimed Broadway revival of Guys and Dolls, on National Tours and at regional and off-Broadway.
Joe is the award-winning director and choreographer of over a hundred productions in Off-Broadway, regional, summer stock and university theatres including Wright State University's productions of West Side Story, Urinetown, Into The Woods, Nine, Parade, Fiddler on the Roof, Chicago, Brigadoon, and Assassins. For the Human Race Theatre Co., where he is a resident artist, Joe directed and choreographed The Underpants, Seussical, Big River among others. Joe was artistic director of Struthers Library Theatre in Warren, PA, Summer Stage Wright (at Wright State University), NYC Tapworks (New York) and was a resident director for ten seasons at Mountain Playhouse in Central Pennsylvania.
Joe is a member of Actors' Equity Association, the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers and is founding president of the Musical Theatre Educators Alliance - International. Joe has been head of WSU's Musical Theatre program for ten years and has an MFA in Directing from Carnegie Mellon University.
directed and choreographed by Joe ..., 23 June 2013 [cached]
directed and choreographed by Joe Deer
Many thanks to Joe and Kevin and all those who continue to support and love the arts in Ohio.
Many thanks to the Human Race family, Joe, Sean Michael, and her husband, Andrew, and their 2-year-old son, Jack, for being her biggest fans.
Many thanks to Joe and Kevin for this wonderful opportunity.
Joe Deer (Director/Choreographer) is so pleased to return to The Human Race Theatre Company, a place he is proud to call his professional artistic home. This is Joe's tenth production with this company, some favorites of which include The 39 Steps, Seussical, Lend Me a Tenor and Big River. He is a Resident Artist with The Race and has served on their Board of Trustees for six years. Joe spends much of the rest of his time as Distinguished Professor of Musical Theatre at Wright State University, where he was recently honored with the Trustees' Award for Faculty Excellence. Joe works regularly as a director at theatres including West Virginia Public Theatre, New Stage Collective, Mountain Playhouse, Struthers Library Theatre (artistic director for four seasons) and for Muse Machine (Crazy For You). He will travel to London, England next year to direct for the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Joe is the author of the forthcoming Directing in Musical Theatre: An Essential Guide and Acting in Musical Theatre: A Comprehensive Course (co-author Rocco Dal Vera), both published by Routledge.
Joe has recently been named Director of The Musical Theatre Initiative at Wright State University, and looks forward to helping enrich the national conversation on this subject that he loves so much.
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