Joel Reuben Ganz
Theater Studies and English, 1999
New York City
Actor and Puppeteer in War Horse, Lincoln Center Theater, Broadway
First job: Virginia Shakespeare Festival. Then a year-long internship at The Warehouse Theatre, South Carolina (resident acting company); then work in Atlanta (Theater Emory, Actor's Express, others); Edinburgh Fringe Festival for a summer. Started a small company in Edinburgh for 5 months, then moved to Paris to attend the International Theatre School of Jacques Lecoq for two years: graduated. Then a move to Washington, DC, where I worked at Synetic Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre, Studio Theatre, Theatre J, Roundhouse, Kennedy Center (where I received my Equity Card), Woolly Mammoth, Olney Theatre Company. Then auditioned and got cast in War Horse at Lincoln Center Theatre, the original NYC company. Have been in the show for a year and half (more than 500 performances so far).
Actor and Horse Puppeteer on War Horse at Lincoln Center Theater on Broadway. The show dominates. Working on learning guitar, doing yoga, enjoying a new city.
Highlights at Emory
Working with professionals who showed me the way to work and behave. Tim McDonough helped to open up the craft to me in a way that I did not anticipate. The Brecht Centennial project, playing BAAL. The White Devil in the Elizabethan theater we created. Senior thesis work on adapting Steppenwolf for the stage with Tim and Alice....
Theater became something vital and meaningful. Not just having a spirit of play, but examining social issues, being mindful of past and present political structures that influence present day and how we can, as artists, be a part of the that commentary. The unification of literature and life in a meaningful way for audiences of today.
Theater Emory and the Theater Studies department had such a tough and well-rounded program, that I was ready to face lots of challenges (helping with hanging lights, building sets, doing dramaturgy, etc.) It was very performance and academic oriented, and maybe a bit more practical preparation for the tough realities of the profession would have been good, but overall it was a wonderful experience.