Joe Jezewski

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.


Associate Professor & Chair, Theatre & Dance Department



Educational Background

  • M.F.A., Directing, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University
  • M.A., Theatre, University of Kentucky
  • B.A., Theatre, Lycoming College (PA)


Associate Professor

My career at Alma began in


Creative work:

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


The Crucible by Arthur Miller.  Directed by Joe Jezewski.  John Proctor signs his confession.  February 2012.



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