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Joe Short

Associate Creative Director, White Heron Student Company Educational Programming

Joe is a professional actor, teacher, and production artist.


Recent acting roles include Brutus in Julius Caesar and Richard in The Lover for Bridge Rep of Boston; George Tesman in Hedda Gabler, Man #3 in The Big Meal, Ray Dooley in The Beauty Queen of Leenane, William Tyndale/George Villiers in Anne Boleyn, Lars in Festen and Guildenstern/Francisco in Hamlet at the Gamm Theatre; Noah Curry in The Rainmaker at Gloucester Stage Company; Henry in Rich Girl at the Lyric Stage; Tom in These Shining Lives at Stoneham Theatre; Gordon in Strange Interlude at Shakespeare Theatre of DC; Lord Dumaine in All’s Well That Ends Well at Commonwealth Shakespeare Company; Balthasar in The Merchant of Venice at Public Theatre/New York Shakespeare Festival; Bob Cratchit in A Christmas Carol at Trinity Rep; Aston in The Caretaker, Andrew Jackson in Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson and Padraic in The Lieutenant of Inishmore at The Wilbury Theatre Group.


Joe earned his B.F.A. at the University of Rhode Island, and is an M.F.A. graduate of the Brown University/Trinity Rep Consortium. Joe is a founding artistic associate of Bridge Rep of Boston and Providence’s The Wilbury Theatre Group. He is an adjunct instructor of acting, voice, and movement at the University of Rhode Island. Directing credits include columbinus at URI, The Winter’s Tale at RIC, and Marie Antoinette:The Color of Flesh at Providence College. He spent four seasons as production manager for Gloucester Stage. Joe is currently Production Technician at Harvard University, as well as and the host of "high school quiz show, Rhode Island" on PBS. 

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