Joe had previously tutored at Gormanston Drama Summer School until 2003
Joe began his extensive involvement in theatre with Tuam Theatre Guild. He has won numerous directing and acting awards and appeared in the Athlone Drama Finals on ten occasions. He founded a number of other theatre companies such as Meitheal and Seven Ages and his work has covered every genre of theatre. His most acclaimed work with his theatre company, Seven Ages Theatre Company, include: The Glass Menagerie, Portia Cough, Death of a Salesman, Philadelphia, Here I Come and A Crucial Week in the Life of a Grocer’s Assistant. He premièred MJ Molloy’s The Bachelor’s Daughter. His comedies for Pegasus Theatre (Galway) – Don’t Dress for Dinner and Run For Your Wife – were record-breaking sellouts in Galway. He also directed shows in Irish for Taibhdhearc na Gaillimhe.
His involvement in drama education for youth led to his co-founding of the National Youth Theatre and National Association for Youth Drama (NAYD).
Joe began his association with musicals in the early 1980’s, becoming one of the most prolific and reputable directors nationally. He directed over 90 shows for societies all over Ireland. His AIMS award winning shows include: Camelot, The Mikado, Jesus Christ Superstar, Godspell and Man of La Mancha (Tullamore MS) for which he received the overall ‘Best Director’ award.
Joe served as an executive member of the Association of Drama Adjudicators (ADA) and besides having adjudicated all levels of drama he was the National Adjudicator for A.I.M.S. for two years. In 2006, The Spirit Of AIMS Award was presented to Joe’s wife “In recognition of the wonderful legacy to Irish Musical Theatre by her late husband Joe”.
He held many academic distinctions from his study of drama: a Master’s Degree (First Class Honours) in Drama and Theatre Studies from NUIG, a Fellowship from Victoria College of Music and Drama (London), Licentiates from the London College of Music and Drama, the Royal Irish Academy and the Leinster School of Music and Drama. He was also awarded the Gold Medal (Honours) from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts (LAMDA).