Joe Jezewski is associate professor of theatre and Chair of the Theatre & Dance Department. He brings over forty years of teaching experience and working in the theatre to his collaboration with Alma College Theatre students. He has directed and acted professionally in theatres in New York City, New Jersey, Maryland, Texas, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Florida and Georgia. Previously he was the head of the directing program and Artistic Director/Producer of the Studio Theatre at Fordham University at Lincoln Center in New York City.
Joe came to Alma in the fall of 1993 to open the Heritage Center for the Performing Arts and develop a new theatre program to compliment the strong programs already existing in dance and music. As the Director of Theatre at Alma College, he teaches acting, directing and theatre history and serves as the Director of Theatre.
“My approach to acting and directing has been greatly influenced by the work of Sanford Meisner. Meisner developed a wonderful process to help actors live truthfully in the imaginary circumstances of the world created on stage. I believe in establishing a classroom and rehearsal environment where students feel safe to take risks and stretch themselves beyond their comfort zone. Young theatre artists need a careful mixture of discipline and high standards within a nurturing environment. They need a place where they are not afraid of failure and where success is measured in individual growth and development.”
Joe did his undergraduate work at a small liberal arts college in central Pennsylvania very similar to Alma College. He was originally intending to pursue a medical career and started college doing a double major in biology and chemistry, but switched his major during his junior year and earned a B.A. in Theatre from Lycoming College. He holds an M.A. from the University of Kentucky and an M.F.A. in Directing from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University.
This year will mark the 189th play produced by Alma College Theatre in the Heritage Center since it opened in the fall of 1993.
- M.F.A., Directing, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University
- M.A., Theatre, University of Kentucky
- B.A., Theatre, Lycoming College (PA)
My career at Alma began in
Our Country’ Good by Timberlake Wertenbaker – Based on the novel The Playmaker by Thomas Keneally – April 2016
Nora – Ingmar Bergman’s adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House in rep with Julie – Ingmar Bergman’s adaptation of August Strindberg’s Miss Julie – October 2015
Tartuffe by Moliere adapted from the French by Amlin Gray – February 2015
The Whiteheaded Boy by Lennox Robinson – October 2014.
Force of Nature by Steven Dietz – Adapted from Goethe’s Elective Affinities – February 2014.
The Rimers of Eldritch by Lanford Wilson – October 2013
The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde – April 2013
Picnic by William Inge – October 2012
The Crucible by Arthur Miller – February 2012
Check, Please by Jonathan Rand – December 2011
Sophocles’ Antigone – October 2011
Dancing at Lughnasa by Brian Friel – February 2011
Between Two Friends by Stephen McFeeley – December 2010
Game Theory by Peter Sagal – December 2010
Gave Her The Eye by John Sheehy – December 2010
Smash by Jeffrey Hatcher, an adaptation of G. B. Shaw’s An Unsocial Socialist – October 2010
Book of Days by Lanford Wilson – April 2010
The Battle of Bull Run Always Makes Me Cry by Carole Real – December 2009
Ludlow Fair by Lanford Wilson – December 2009
An Absolute Turkey by Georges Feydeau – October 2009
The Curious Savage by John Patrick – February 2009
Richard III by William Shakespeare – October 2008
A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare – February 2008
The Diviners by Jim Leonard Jr. – October 2007
Three Sisters by Anton Chekhov – February 2007
The Hot l Baltimore by Lanford Wilson – October 2006
Major Barbara by G. B. Shaw – February 2006
A Flea In Her Ear by Georges Feydeau – October 2005
The Trickster of Seville by Tirso de Molina – April 2005
The Crucible by Arthur Miller – October 2004
Dancing at Lughnasa by Brian Friel – February 2004
Our Country’s Good by Timberlake Wertenbaker – October 2003
Measure For Measure by William Shakespeare – February 2003
The Rimers of Eldritch by Lanford Wilson – October 2002
Mentored Student Directed Productions
Censored On Final Approach by Phylis Ravel – directed by Tara Riedel ’13 – February 2016
Extracurricular by Frank Tangredi – directed by Jared Sheldon ’16 – December 2015
In Memory of Calvinball by Erin Moughon – directed by Tara Riedel ’13 – December 2015
Passing Fancy by Claris Nelson – directed by Joshua Zeitler ’14 – December 2015
Pie And The Sky by Vanessa David – directed by Jessica Ferguson ’16 – December 2015
From Up Here by Liz Flahive – directed by Tara Riedel ’13 – April 2015
Prelude to Thirty-Five by Seth Kramer – directed by Samantha Arthur ’15 – November 2014.
The Man Who Couldn’t Dance by Jason Katims – directed by Jessica Ferguson ’16 – November 2014.
Ferris Wheel by Mary Miller – directed by Hannah Korell ’15 – November 2014.
A Blind Date With Mary by Sura – directed by Joshua Zeitler ’14 – November 2014.
You Can’t Trust the Male by Randy Noojin – directed by Tara Riedel ’13 – November 2014.
The Heidi Chronicles by Wendy Wasserstein – directed by Tara Riedel ’13 – April 2014
Scripted by Mark Harvey Levine – directed by Jake Armentrout ’15 – November 2013
Twenty Dollar Drinks by Joe Pintauro – directed by Cody Beebe ’15 – November 2013
Don’t Think So Hard by Hope Gatto – directed by Sara Day ’15 – November 2013
Birdbrain by Claire Cox – directed by Shelby Marie Schroeder ’14 – November 2013
Broken Hearts by Kevin R. McLeod – directed by Tara Riedel ’13 – November 2013
Almost, Maine by John Cariani – directed by Natividad Salgado ’11 – February 2013
Go Look by Christopher Graybill – directed by Olyvia Brown ’14 – December 2012
Truth and Sex by Susan Cinoman – directed by Lauren Kittrell ’13 – December 2012
Compatible by Anna Li – directed by Graham Morgan ’14 – December 2012
The Blocking Maneuver by Seth Kramer – directed by Tara Riedel ’13 – December 2012
Anything For You by Cathy Celesia – directed by Natividad Salgado ’11 – December 2012
So Tell Me About This Guy by Dolores Whiskeyman – directed by Natividad Salgado ’11 – December 2012
Months On End by Craig Pospisil – directed by Hillary Bard 08 – April 2012
Negotiating the Elusive Perfect One Night Stand by Jason Parker Green – directed by CR Mohrhardt ’13 – December 2011
Affair Play by Jessica Goldberg – directed by Tara Riedel ’13 – December 2011
Paternity Ward by David MacGregor – directed by Hillary Bard ’08 – December 2011
Anatomy of Gray by Jim Leonard – directed by Joshua Olgine – April 2011
Electric Roses by David Howard – directed by Tara Bouldrey ’11 – December 2010
Misreadings by Neena Beber – directed by Natividad Salgado ’11 – December 2010
Two Truths & A Lie by Mary M. Wagner – directed by Natividad Salgado ’11 – December 2010
Crimes of the Heart by Beth Henley – directed by Ashley Sawatzke ’06 – February 2010
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