MARTHA'S VINEYARD REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL: Conducted several workshops for acting and puppets. Cast a student to be the "pilot" of the manually operated BARD BOT prototype, a 12' foot high giant Shakespeare puppet and other students to perform A MIDSUMMER NIGHTS ICE CREAM, adaptation by joe s. The chest of the giant street puppet opens to revel a traditional hand puppet theatre. The BARD BOT was featured in the Martha's Vineyard 4th of July Parade (same parade as film Jaws).
CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY: Co-Producer of 7 Decades of Scotch & Soda, a 70 year reunion of a music theatre club started by drama students at "Carnegie Tech" before the formal music theatre program existed. The show was a variety show extravaganza with Lee Miller who produced the video. The performance featured some of the biggest names in the history of Carnegie Mellon University including Buzz Blair (Hawaii 5 O), Stephen Sondheim, Iris Ranier Dart, Bobby Finkel (creator/producer in THE GOLDEN AGE OF TV, Hulabaloo, Laugh-In, Hee Haw, The Andy Williams Show, The Judy Garland Show) and many more greats from the elite theatre program. It was a real honor for joe s. to work with Al Leahman, a wonderful man and one of the very best designers in the history of Hollywood.
IFAC, INTERNATIONAL FINE ARTS COLLEGE: Produced many top-end fashion shows with Charlene Parsons (who founded IFAC, one of the top three fashion schools in the world along with Paris and New York) throughout Miami and Miami Beach in high profile locations, Crowne Plaza Miami, The DoubleTree Hotel Miami, Nikki Beach, The Fountainbleau Miami Beach, Dadeland Mall, Brooks Brothers, Brickell Financial District, The Grand Flamingo to name a few. Charlene Parsons is dearly appreciated by joe s. who thinks the world of her and was greatly inspired by her talent, dedication, discipline and utter brilliance in so many areas of expertise.
MIAMI INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF ART & DESIGN (Ai Miami): IFAC was purchased by Arts Institute. The collaboration with Charlene Parsons continued for years including a major event with Mayor Manny Diaz and the City of Miami for THE INAUGURAL YEAR OF ART BASIL. The large-scale indoor/outdoor event included top artists, fashion, street performers, musicians, pyrotechnics, spectacle and many dignitaries and celebrities from Miami and Miami Beach.
CAYUGA COMMUNITY COLLEGE: Conducted theatre workshop on Shakespeare's RICHARD III with Professor Susan Wolstenholme. Also after graduating from Carnegie Mellon University, joe s., in collaboration with C.C.C. produced and directed a double bill, LONE STAR and KILLER'S HEAD with three fellow actors from CMU.
THE LOVEWELL INSTITUTE: Produced and director a concert with special guest, David Spangler, Broadway Composer and creator of the children's TV hit show ROMPER ROOM. David and his students were invited to perform in the open-air concert downtown Miami, FROM MADAGASCAR TO MIAMI featuring the world renowned composer, conductor and virtuoso musician David Amram. There were musicians from many cultures including Del Mar one of Peter Gabriel's keyboard players. The concert was funded by Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs in cooperation with Mayor Alex Penelas.
ISLAND OF TEXEL, HOLLAND, Public Schools: The Phone Booth theatre company founded and run by joe s. for over a decade in Europe and the U.S. conducted successful theatre workshops. Funding was obtained for a major project that focused on the most difficult students labeled "trouble makers" in Texel. There were two projects produced and directed by joe s. and Tony Maples, SCAPIN by Moliere and an original adaptation of LORD OF THE FLIES. The students were so excited to do theatre that they decided as a group, unanimously to work on the two productions over their spring vacation to make the shows better. Parents, educators, administrators and local politicians were astounded that the "Problem Children" were going to school during their vacation when nobody could get them to attend regularly when they were supposed to; the students were great.
BERLIN HAT FEBER 38 War Refugees in the Kreuzeberg Ghetto: Created and directed a Cabaret on the history of The Hermannplatz, one of the hots spots of Cabaret during the 20s with Paris and Zurich. Now it was a ghetto with multiple cultures from the Middle East that hated each other and the ominous Berlin Wall nearby. Willie Grossman, head of the Cultural Ministry of Germany at the time, hailed the project as a big success, "I wish to express my heart felt thanks for your organization of the project "Berlin - Hermannplatz". The expense and the enormous concentration certainly paid off! In comparison with former projects in the field of Youth Development, this work distinguishes itself as one of very high quality... the material and the statement of the piece, provoking shock and irony, developed directly out of the theme."
ATTAIN, Advanced Technology Training And Information Networking, NY: Creator/Director of a multicultural group of extremely troubled high school kids (joe s. always gets and welcomes the young people that nobody wants to deal with) that had trouble focusing with low skill sets because of their home situations. We wrote and produced a Vaudeville Show using, Rap, Latino Music, Hip Hop, Poetry, Break Dancing, Heavy Metal, Comedy Skits and any hobby, interest or escape that these young people used to survive tremendous unwarranted hostility. No one had ever gotten any of them to work together, finish or manage a group effort (entrances and exits, cues, costumes, lighting and sound, blocking, etc., without quitting, aborting, vanishing, causing distraction or starting fights). THEY DID IT! The kids were focused for 45 minutes and pulled it off. The audience was genuinely entertained. The group was so proud that they made it happen without any mistakes or no-shows disproving predictions of disaster. A special ATTAIN award was created for joe s. for the work. Jackie Berens and Mike Sincebaugh, the ATTAIN activity leaders were wonderful and so supportive.
PUBLIC SCHOOL #192 BUFFALO ACADEMY OF VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS: Private performance of the original Shakespeare adaptation by joe s. I AM HAMLET for Buffalo inner city school students. Not only did they understand the entire piece, clarity being a primary goal, but when the play concluded they wanted to see it again. It was truly great to see young people in this age group completely entertained by one of the most complex tragedies of Shakespeare's works and dramatic literature.