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The Human Race Theatre Company

126 N Main Street Ste. 300

Dayton, Ohio 45402

United States

Company Description

The Human Race Theatre Company was founded in 1986 and moved into the Metropolitan Arts Center in 1991, taking up residence at the 219-seat Loft Theatre. In addition to the Eichelberger Loft Season, The Human Race produces for the Victoria Theatre's Broad ... more

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Background Information

Employment History

Chief Cook and Bottle Washer

Freelance Stage Director and Choreographer

Founder and President

musical theater educators alliance inc

Guest Director

West Virginia Public Theatre

Contributing Author

Educational Theatre Association

Artistic Director

Struthers Library Theatre

Resident Director

Mountain Playhouse

Stage Manager


Assistant Professor of Theatre

University of North Texas

Director, The Musical Theatre Initiative

Wright State University


United Scenic Artists

Board of Trustees for Six Years
The Race



Northwestern University



Carnegie Mellon University

master teacher

Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

Web References (67 Total References)

The Human Race Theatre Company : It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play : Who's Who [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.

The Human Race Theatre Company : The Noteworthy Life of Howard Barnes : Who's Who [cached]

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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.

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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.

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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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Joe Deer, Tyree L. Fields, Richard Flagel, Michael J. Lucking, Joni Magnus-Ramsey, Lou Mason, Irvin Moscowitz, Candis L. Pees, Steve Rubenstein, Kirk Stager, Beth Mehlberth Whelley, Betsy B. Whitney, Mark R. Zunich

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