Joe Calarco is the adaptor/director of Shakespeare's R&J which ran for a year in New York and earned him a Lucille Lortel Award. He also directed the play's premieres in Chicago (5 Jeff Award nominations including Best Play and Best Director) and Washington, D.C. (Helen Hayes Award nominations for Best Play and Best Director). R&J completed a celebrated run on London's West End in late 2003. He directed the critically acclaimed world premiere of the musical Sarah, Plain and Tall at the Lucille Lortel Theatre in New York. He also directed Julia Jordan's The Summer of the Swans at the Lucille Lortel, and directed Ms. Jordan's play Boy at Primary Stages. He is an Artistic Associate at Signature Theatre in Arlington, Virginia, where he directed the world premiere of Norman Allen's Nijinsky's Last Dance (4 Helen Hayes Awards including Best Play and Best Director), Side Show (4 Helen Hayes Awards including Best Musical and Best Director), and the world premiere of ...in the absence of spring..., which premiered in New York at Second Stage under his own direction.
Other regional directing credits include: The Last Five Years (Philadelphia Theatre Company, Barrymore nomination), A Midsummer Night's Dream (The Shakespeare Theatre), My Fair Lady, Edward II, Suddenly Last Summer, To Kill A Mockingbird, Keely & Du, Educating Rita, How I Got That Story, Goodnight Desdemona, Goodmorning Juliet, Babes In Arms, and Godspell. He served as resident playwright at Expanded Arts, Inc. for two years. He is one of New York Theatre Workshop's "usual suspects," a Drama League directing fellow, and has been a Joseph Papp artist in residence at Second Stage. He is a graduate of Ithaca College.