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Joel Rainey

Ensemble, Dramaturg

Joel holds Masters’ Degrees in Shakespeare, Acting and Directing from Bowling Green State University and Louisiana State University. His directing credits include such diverse titles as Bent, Titus Andronicus, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, The Pirates of Penzance, The Secret Garden, Antigone, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Of Mice and Men, Peter and the Starcatcher, to name a few. Among his favorite performance credits include Jean Valjean, Scrooge, Petruchio (Taming of the Shrew) and Huey Long. A certified actor/combatant with the Society of American Fight directors, he has choreographed fights for numerous Shakespeare and contemporary productions. Joel has had the privilege of producing Romeo and Juliet-A rock musical for Broadway legend, Terry Mann, opened for Dove award winner, Cece Winans and appeared onstage alongside film icon, Paul Sorvino. Joel’s former students have gone on to perform around the world in National tours and have performed on the Broadway stage. Following the closing of Assassins, Joel will be co-directing Miracle on 34th Street with his wife Paige at the Sullivan Theatre. Joel is very excited to serve as Assassins dramaturg as well as ensemble member.

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