Member of the Week: Elbert Joseph
Tuesday, August 13, 2019
Posted by: John Meredith
Elbert Joseph (he/him/his), known as EJ, is Deaf actor who is fluent in both American Sign Language as well as spoken English.
He started acting when he was thirteen and his passion turned into a career. He received professional theatrical training at the Boston Arts Academy and has worked with several award-winning theaters in the Boston area including American Repertory Theater, Huntington Theatre, and Wheelock Family Theatre. He is a professional actor who is funny, good hearted, smart and passionate. He dreams of transforming lives and inspiring the world through his craft. He believes success is found in collaboration, desire for personal growth and the constant pursuit of new opportunities. Inclusion for all, all for inclusion!
"EJ has been a staple of the Boston theatre scene for many years," said one of his nominators, Lindsay Eagle. "Both as an actor and an advocate for inclusion in theatre, he works harder than any other actor I know, is incredibly talented, and gives selflessly of his time."
In 2002 - 2003, he was nominated by the Independent Reviewers of New England (IRNE) for Best Supporting Actor for the performance as Louis in The Trumpet of the Swan at Wheelock Family Theatre and Special Recognition for his performance as Yeffim in Uncle Vanya at American Repertory Theater. In 2012, he was part of the IRNE recognition of Best Ensemble for The Arabian Nights at central Square Theater. In 2016, he was honored by the IRNE’s with a Special Recognition for his performance as Tuc in Suzan Zeder’s Ware Trilogy: Mother Hicks, The Taste of Sunrise and The Edge of Peace; performed over a three month period and produced on three separate stages by Emerson Stage, Wheelock Family Theatre, and Central Square Theatre. 2019, he was IRNE nominated for Best Supporting role as Chorus in Antigone at Flat Earth Theatre.
EJ will be in upcoming production of Parade with Moonbox Productions.
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