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Artist Profile: Joe Foronda

May 9, 2015

 Actor

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

Selected Theatres: Oregon Shakespeare Festival,  Roundabout Theatre Company, American Conservatory Theater, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Victory Gardens Theater, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Donmar Warehouse, UK

Film: Contagion, Formosa Betrayed, Hunter

Awards: Joseph Jefferson Awards for Miss Saigon and Pacific Overtures (Chicago); Ginny Award for Little Mary Sunshine; National Broadway Theatre Award Nomination

Training: BA in Music, San Jose State University

THOUGHTS ON INCLUSION

Usually cast:  Mostly low-class, characters, grandfather... OLDER MEN-type of Asian, um... generic-Asian type of thing

Dream role: A lead in a big, legit-voiced musical. That would be great. Not necessarily romantic [lead], but something more, old-time-baritone type of musical lead.

Most diverse play in Chicago: In Chicago there's not that much. I was in a production of Brigadoon at the Goodman, and it was... sorta diverse. At least there was an inclusion of other races, whereas, you know, in Brigadoon it's all European Scottish people, and I think the director had the insight to bring in a little more inclusion of culturally-different races into the show. Which was great-- she didn't have to do that.

 

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