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Joe Deer

Artist and Educator
Joe Deer


Joe Deer is Distinguished Professor of Musical Theatre and Director of the Musical Theatre Initiative at Wright State University. He is an award-winning internationally recognized teacher, director, and author, working with many of the top theatre training programs in the world, as well as with Dayton’s Muse Machine and The Human Race Theatre Co. (with whom he is a proud resident artist). Joe is a veteran Broadway dancer, actor, and stage manager. He is also the author of Acting in Musical Theatre (co-author, Rocco Dal Vera) and Directing in Musical Theatre. He is married to actress, Caitlin Larsen, and father to their son, Leo.

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