Call me Ishmael.
On second thought, call me Joe. As that is, in fact, my name. Or call me Joseph Patrick McGranaghan if you have a penchant for multi-syllabic Irish monikers. Welcome to my website. Sit down, sit down in this fine leather chair. Let me pour you an imaginary glass of Scotch. There. Now, allow me to regale you with a tale of pursued passions, stage and film credits, and artistic mission statements. No, wait, don't go! I'll just give you the basics: I'm a conservatory trained actor living in Philadelphia. I'm interested in all aspects of the art form. I've written and directed for the stage and screen and I work frequently as a teaching artist. Now I leave you to poke around at your leisure. Oh, I see you've finished your imaginary Scotch. You're supposed to sip that, you know. Small sips. Ok, yes, here's your refill. Enjoy.
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A FOND FAREWELL TO PROJECT AMELIA
November 4, 2019
What an unbelievable ride! I have never been a part of a project like this before. The scope, the ambition, the scale, the sheer audacity of the thing defy description. If you were lucky enough to experience Project Amelia then you know what I'm talking about. If you didn't make it, check out what critics have been saying:
REVIEWS ARE IN FOR QUANTUM'S KING LEAR
June 3, 2019
FIREBIRDS BY LIZ FLAHIVE AT DOANE ACADEMY
March 16-19, 2019
So impressed with the young actors and technicians who brought this show to life. It was an absolute pleasure to work with these students. Check out the photos here. "Go Firebirds!"
THEATRE DIRECTOR AT DOANE ACADEMY
I'm excited and honored to announce that I will be taking on the Theatre Director position at Doane Academy this year. Look- they gave me a theater!!
HAMLET: WHAT DREAMS MAY COME AT THE BRICK
Well, we did it. We said we wanted to do it, and we did it. My producing partner (and friend) Adam Thomas Smith and I re-mounted and re-imagined Adam Mathias' brilliant adaptation of Hamlet. (Check out our behind the scenes video.) This non-linear, 4-actor, 90-minute adaptation of Western literature's most famous play had a fantastic run at The Brick theatre in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, as a part of the Shakespeare in the Theatre Festival. Check out the Broadway World preview for more details.
NEW VOICES ALOUD READING
May 18, 2018
So so cool to be a part of the the first ever New Voices Aloud reading at the McCarter Theatre. This event celebrates some of the best work created by student playwrights working with McCarter Teaching Artists throughout the last year (proud to say that a few of my own students had plays selected). The plays are then read and performed by a company of professional actors.
MISS ATKINS ARMY DAYS 2 AND 3
May 7, 14, 2018
Back on location in Philadelphia for more World War II spying. Thanks to the amazing cast, crew and creatives on this film. I had a blast playing in the rain on a perfectly rain-less day.
MISS ATKINS ARMY
April 20, 2018
Awesome day on set for this female-driven spy thriller. This is a stellar cast and crew and a very cool story. Honored to play a small role in the telling of Vera Atkins story.
HIGH ON FILM PODCAST
February 23, 2018
Finally! After six years of scheduling failures (on my part), I finally get to sit down with Chris Maxwell and Brad Davis and talk about my favorite Shakespearean film adaptation- Kenneth Branagh's Hamlet. Give a listen.
January 10, 2018
From a day of sub-zero exteriors, to the cozy confines of Jack's Firehouse in Philly- shooting this short was an adventure. So good to be back in front of the camera and working with talented young filmmakers. See the teaser trailer here.