About Josh

Josh is a graduate of the BFA Musical Theatre program at Emerson College. He is an actor/singer/dancer and a member of the Equity Membership Candidacy (EMC) program. Currently, Josh is home with his family in San Francisco, CA.

 

In the recent past, Josh was the Outreach Coordinator for the San Francisco International Queer Film Festival, known as Frameline, and has assisted with virtual conferences held by PBLWorks, formerly known as The Buck Institute. Josh was also a faculty member at the Emerson Pre College Musical Theatre Program. Before that, he served as the Social Media Manager for the Weathervane Theatre in New Hampshire. He created the Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat accounts for the Weathervane, and has generated content for all platforms @weathervanenh. He has also managed the Emerson College Performing Arts Production Opportunities Portal (ECPAPOP) and the Emerson College Performing Arts Students (ECPA Students) Facebook pages and websites. Additionally, Josh was a member of the Performing Arts Admission Staff at Emerson College, and worked as an audition captain for the department, gave round-table discussions to prospective students, and corresponded with applicants via email and phone reception. Josh was the Performing Arts Senator with the Student Government Association (SGA) at Emerson College, working closely with the Chair of Performing Arts, and served as the ambassador of the department to the rest of the college. Josh was also the Music Director of his a cappella group, Emerson Noteworthy, and has created vocal arrangements for them (samples are available upon request). He has been a company member with the Emerson Dance Company, a performer with Emerson's Musical Theatre Society, and a sibling of the Alpha Chapter of Zeta Phi Eta - a professional, gender-inclusive fraternity in the communication arts and sciences. With Zeta, Josh has also served as the Alumni Relations Chair.

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Why Choose a Life in the Theatre?

Let me tell you a little story about my favorite baseball game that I've ever played. I was quite active from a very young age. I grew up playing many sports, including soccer, tennis, and baseball to name a few, and I absolutely loved it. I was pretty good too. In one particular baseball game when I was in elementary school, I was up at bat in the final inning with two strikes and bases loaded. This was the final swing that would determine whether we won or lost the entire game. So of course, when I swung, I pulled a muscle in my back, struck out, and cost my team the game. And honestly, in the moment, all I can remember was that I was more upset that I let my team down than the fact that my back was in so much pain. But nevertheless, I was definitely out for the season.

 

I knew that I wanted to stay active of course, but I didn't know what could be a good substitute for sports. My mom suggested that I "try doing something less constantly physically demanding, like community theatre!" Ironic, I know. At the time, I knew that I liked singing because I liked elementary school chorus, so I figured I would give it a shot. At 7 years old, I auditioned for the local production of "Pippi Longstocking" and I was cast as Pippi's long lost uncle, Crab Tree Jones: a 70-year old man. When we got to the performance, I had a scene with Pippi where I wore a cheap grey beard and mustache, and I had practiced this scruffy accent in rehearsals that I was so excited to do for an audience. Right after the first two words left my mouth, "Well, Pippi-" the audience burst out laughing. And in that moment, I just felt a shockwave go through my entire body - I can only equate this feeling to that moment when you're falling asleep in class, and your body is jolted awake, and you didn't realize you were falling asleep until you woke up. Needless to say, I now recognize that shock as a bug bite - the bug bite.

 

At the end of the performance I walked off the stage to greet my family, and I could only look forward to doing it again the next night. After that production ended, I kept going back to audition for the same company for the next 7 years (performing in somewhere over 10 more musicals), and I continued theatre all through high school and college. Now, when I think back to that baseball game forever ago, I'm so glad that it was my last. I loved sports. But I had to break up with sports so that I could marry the performing arts. And I've never looked back.

Pictured is my grandpa Bob teaching me how to play baseball.
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