Joseph Amodei


Projection & Video Designer

 They are a new media artist, theater designer, activist, and educator who is thrilled to be back in their hometown of Chapel Hill designing for PlayMakers where they first began their arts career as an undergrad lighting electrician 15 years ago.

PlayMakers: They Do Not Know Harlem. Recent Highlight: Joseph’s media design for “the dance floor, the hospital room, and the kitchen table,” a show about archiving queer care across pandemics (New Orleans Contemporary Arts Center, Theater Communications Group’s National Conference, Kelly Strayhorn Theater, National Performance Network) has been selected to represent the USA in the emerging category at the Prague Quadrennial, what USITT calls, “the Olympics of performance design.”

Selected Highlights: To Buy the Sun: The Challenge of Pauli Murray (Hidden Voices); Amm(i)gone (APAP, The Theater Offensive); Packing and Cracking: Gerrymandering through Gameplay (The PA Center for Women and Politics, UNC’s Process Series, SFX); This Emancipation Thing (RedCat); The Clothesline Muse (National Black Theater Festival); and many show at Manbites Dog Theater in Durham, NC.

Education: BFA, UNC-Chapel Hill, MFA, Carnegie Mellon. Currently, they are a Professor of Immersive Media at Chatham University, in Pittsburgh, PA.

Shows at PlayMakers