Friday, September 18, 2015

Joe Wilson Jr

JOE WILSON, JR. is joining us as a guest artists in St. Louis from Trinity Rep Theater. As an acting company member for this his 10th season, Joe’s roles have included Jim Casey (The Grapes of Wrath), George (Intimate Apparel), Gavin Ring-Mayne (House and Garden), Duke of Albany (King Lear), Bernard (Boeing Boeing), Antonio (Merchant of Venice), Albert and Kevin (Clybourne Park), Lancelot (Camelot), Eugene (Yellow- man), Emcee (Cabaret), Clarence (It’s a Wonderful Life), Orsino (Twelfth Night), Vinnie (The Odd Couple), Walter Lee (A Raisin in the Sun), Scrooge (A Christmas Carol), Sam (Paris by Night), Willie Stark (All the King’s Men), El Gallo (The Fantasticks), Lopakin (Cherry Orchard), Topdog/Underdog, Andre (Ain’t Misbehavin’), and Horatio (Hamlet).

Joe has appeared on Broadway in the 2000 Tony Award Nominated Jesus Christ Superstar and Off Broadway in the critically acclaimed Little Ham and Josephine’s Song. He has also appeared at The Dallas Theater Center, North Shore Music Theatre, Alliance Theater, McCarter Theater, Syracuse Stage, Guthrie Theater, Ordway Music Theater, Children’s Theatre Co.(Acting Company Member), American Players Theatre, Penumbra Theatre, and New Rep. Theater.

Joe has a BA in Political Science from the University of Notre Dame, and an MFA in Acting from the University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theatre. He is the recipient of the 2014 Volunteer of the Year Award from the Manton Avenue Project in the Olneyville neighborhood of Providence, RI for recognition of his contributions as a guest artist, teacher and board member. In addition, he is the recipient of the Siseretta Jones Award for Cultural Literacy and the Arts, 2012 from the Rhode Island Black Heritage Society awarded to excellency in the arts (acting) presented “in recognition of those who have made outstanding contributions to the African American Community of Rhode Island.” He was also a Featured Artist in “Black Lavender,” Brown University, Providence, RI 2009-2010: an exhibit curated by Robb Dimmick and sponsored by the Rhode Island Council for Humanities, highlighting the historical contributions of black gay men in Rhode Island. Joe is a native of New Orleans, LA and is a proud member of the Actor’s Equity Association and SAG/AFTRA.

Joe Wilson, Jr. and Trinity Repertory Company are participants in the Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellowships, funded by the William & Eva Fox Foundation and administered by Theatre Communications Group.

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