Position: Adjunct Assistant Professor, Arts Management
Employed Since: 2020
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Arts Management; B.A., Lake Forest College; M.F.A., Rutgers University; Ph.D., Theatre Arts, City University of New York, Graduate Center
Joel Bassin is producing artistic director of Firehouse Theatre in Richmond, Virginia. He came to Firehouse with an active career in the performing arts that crosses artistic, administrative, academic and technical areas. He toured the world as managing director of The Wooster Group and worked with Mabou Mines and Theatre de la Jeune Lune. As an independent producer he has collaborated with artists including Jim Findlay, Cynthia Hopkins, Elephant Room (Steve Cuiffo, Geoff Sobelle, Trey Lyford), Anita Gonzalez, James Braly, Butch Morris, Marlies Yearby and Joseph Chaikin. Bassin has directed and acted in new plays and musicals at theatres in Minnesota, Illinois, New Jersey, Georgia and New York. At Firehouse he’s directed “The War in Heaven” by Joseph Chaikin and Sam Shepard, a workshop of Bruce Slater’s “Dilemma of Escape,” and the world premieres of Walter Braxton’s opera “To Damascus” (2018 RTCC winner, Best Original Work) and Chandler Hubbard’s “Animal Control” (2020 ATCA/Steinberg New Play citation). Joel received his Master of Fine Arts in Directing from Rutgers University / Mason Gross School of the Arts, his Ph.D. in Theatre from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, and was associate professor, chair and production manager of the Hunter College Department of Theatre.