Joseph Megel

Joseph Megel is artist in residence in Performance Studies at The University of North Carolina Chapel Hill’s Department of Communication Studies where he runs the Process Series: New Works in Development. Mr.Megel has spent the last 25 years focusing on the direction and development of new works for theatre, film and video. He is Co-Artistic Director of StreeetSigns Center for Literature and Performance in Chapel Hill, NC. Previously, he served for six years as Artistic Director of Playwrights Theatre in New Jersey, and continues to serve as Co-Executive Director of Harland’s Creek Productions; producer of premiers of new plays, developmental producer of screenplays and readings and producer of short films.

Directorial credits include:
Guillermo Reyes’s Men on the Verge of Hispanic Breakdown in its Off-Broadway production (Outer Critics Circle Award) and in Los Angeles (Best Director Ovation Award nomination, Best Production Award winner);
Jennifer Maisel’s The Last Seder at EST West in Los Angeles, Theatre J in Washington D.C., The Organic Theatre in Chicago (winner of the Kennedy Center’s Fund for New American Plays Grant and other awards);
Elisabeth Lewis Corley’s adaptation of The Miser at Duke University; Derek Goldman’s adaptation of Studs Terkel’s Will The Circle Be Unbroken in Chapel Hill and Washington D.C. (starring David Strathairn, Theodore Bikel, and Kathleen Chalfant);
and he recently devised The Virtual Performance Factory (VPF) for the CHAT Festival at UNC Chapel Hill, commissioning works by playwrights Christine Evans, Jim Grimsley, Keith Glover, Haris Orkin, and Jennifer Maisel, with created digital media by Icarus Studios.

With Christine Evans and digital theatre artist Jared Mezzochi, he is developing a full-length version of Christine Evans’s work from the VPF, You Are Dead. You Are Here, with the assistance of the Institute for Creative Technologies at the University of Southern California, at Georgetown, at A.R.T. with a grant from the Sloan foundation, in Chapel Hill and at H.E.R.E. in NYC.

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