Joey Donnelly is a theatre maker, educator, and musician. They currently serve as Assistant Director and instructor of embodied acting at Harvard University’s First Year Arts Program and as Adjunct Professor of Theatre and Speech at Wagner College. They are a member of the international mask and physical theatre company, Theatre Hotel Courage (THC). Comprised of musicians, dancers, and actors, THC features performers from across the globe, with Joey serving as the company’s single American participant. THC’s mission is to tell tragicomical stories in an empty space using mime, slapstick, live music, improvisation and poetry as an ode to the survival instinct of mankind, showing that in the darkest of situations the largest capacity for inventiveness, playfulness, and creativity arrives.
Synthesizing Brandon McFarland (Joey’s character developed with THC), a love of pop culture, queer culture and musical theatre, and a need for a creative outlet post-November 2016, Joey is currently co-writing and devising a theatrical resistance piece. Using mask, mime, burlesque, gender performance, physical theatre, puppets, and some good ole’ Golden Age show tunes, Joey is teaming up with co-writer and director Frankie DiCiaccio to produce The American Variety.
Favorite acting credits include Middletown (John Dodge), Surfacing (Planet Connections Festivity/Premiere), The Importance of Being Earnest (Algernon), BardCore (Mercutio, A.R.T./Oberon), The Collection (Harry), Christmas at the Ivanovs’ (Petya Perov) at The Moscow Art Theatre, A Night of Chekhov (Vanya/Trigorin), Violet (Father) at A.R.T and The Threepenny Opera. Up next: A Room with a View (devised) performing at the National Theatre of the Netherlands, The Hague; The Compagnie Theatre, Amsterdam; and street performances throughout Madrid. The piece aims to bring the mask back to its roots; street art for the people.
Training: Moscow Art Theatre School (Acting, Movement, Voice); Accademia dell’arte, Tuscany (Commedia dell’arte), Manhattan School of Music (Trumpet); Wagner College (B.A. in Theatre and Speech); American Repertory Theater/Harvard University Institute for Advanced Theater Training (M.F.A. in Acting). More information and updates available at www.joeydonnelly.com.
Toured The Netherlands in a devised mask and embodied acting piece with Theatre Hotel Courage. (National Theatre/Compagnie Theatre)
April/May - Freddie in CHESS @ The Gallery Players
"Mr. Donnelly has a very strong stage presence, and he and Ms. Vassy captivate the attention of the audience throughout the play. His rendition of "Pity The Child" brought me to tears."
-Dr. Thomans Robert Stevens Applause, Applause
*ONE WORD REVOLUTION*
Playing the role of Joaquin- an evil prison rat in the 29-Hour reading of a new musical at Shetler Studios.
Planet Connections Festivity! Runs through August 3rd!
"Brilliant portrayals by Juilliard almost-grad Suzannah Herschkowitz as Marissa; Singer, actor, and puppeteer Montana Lampert Hoover plays Chelsea, Marissa’s sister; musician, director and actor Joey Donnelly was Atticus; New York-based actor Jak Watson was Jed. Together they became the most dysfunctional group of people I’ve seen on stage. All were a great delight..."
"Surfacing was hands-down brilliant." - Outer-stage
"The four-person cast is strong, each fully invested in their performances... Surfacing is a play that succeeds on all levels. Its comic, punchy, uncensored dialogue is enough to make anyone relax." - THEATRE IS EASY