JOE DISCHER is a professional stage director with twenty-five years of experience. He has worked across the country in regional theatres and has directed several off-Broadway world premieres. The New York Times has called his work “enchanting,” “beautiful,” “joyously funny,” and “devastatingly effective.”
He has worked as a casting director for the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey where he was also the associate artistic director and resident director. He has been coaching actors privately for twenty years. As an actor, he has appeared in both local and national television commercials as well as professional stage productions, giving him unique insight of both sides of the casting table. Mr. Discher is currently the artistic director of Knock at the Gate, which creates immersive audio experiences of Shakespeare’s work.
Most recently, he directed Irish Rep’s audio drama of Bikeman in honor of the 20th Anniversary of 9/11, starring Broadway veteran Robert Cuccioli. Off-Broadway credits: Butler and (59E59), The Violin (59E59) and Vilna (St. Clement’s Theatre). Selected credits at Shakespeare Theatre of NJ: The Diary of Anne Frank, To Kill a Mockingbird, Our Town, Henry IV: Part One, A Child’s Christmas in Wales, The Tempest, Amadeus, Of Mice and Men, The Grapes of Wrath, Twelfth Night, Much Ado About Nothing, Romeo and Juliet, Charley’s Aunt, and Wittenberg. Other regional directing credits include: Antony and Cleopatra, starring Michael Dorn (Orlando Shakespeare Theatre), Julius Caesar (Shakespeare Festival St. Louis), A Moon for the Misbegotten and My Name is Asher Lev (Playhouse on Park), As You Like It, Red, and The Weir (Theatreworks). Mr. Discher is also a professional singer and an audiobook narrator for Audible.