Joe Orrach is the Artistic Director of the Joe Orrach Performance Project. He is also an actor, singer, dancer and story-teller who has worked in theatres worldwide, in television, and on screen.
Joe’s performing career started as a boxer. He was Welterweight Champion of the US Air Force before he turned to dance. He started his dance career as a tap dancer on the streets of NYC where Gregory Hines discovered him. On stage, Joe has performed with Joan Baez, Bob Hope, the Smothers Brothers, Michael Davis, Liliane Montevecchi, Bill Irwin, David Shiner, Melissa Manchester, and the Cookie Monster, among others. He has tap danced with such greats as Gregory Hines, Jimmy Slyde and Savion Glover, and old masters including the Nicholas Brothers, Honi Coles, Charles “Cookie” Cook, Chuck Green and Lon Cheney. He has been directed by Woody Allen (Everyone Says I Love You), James Mangold (Copland), Tim Boxell (Valley of the Heart’s Delight), Stefan Haves (Punch Drunk) and David Shiner (Nacht Mund). CNN International has profiled Joe on “People in the Arts.”
Joe received an honors Performing Arts degree through the LEAP (Liberal Education for Arts Professionals) program at St. Mary’s College of California in 2009. He received his MFA from University of Southern California’s School of Dramatic Arts in Acting in 2012.
Who is Joe Orrach?
Career and achievements
"I've Never seen an actor combine everything in one play. He does it all, sings, tap dances, acts, boxes at the same time telling us this emotional story. I've never seen a performer do it all from the inside out. Orrach is amazing..."
- Tony Shalhoub, Actor, Monk and Wings