“Joe Miloscia is a truly gifted writer.  His song “Giant” is one of the best I’ve heard ny anyone all year.”

— Peter Filichia

Joe Miloscia has had a successful career as a writer, director, producer, actor and arts administrator. His work has been notable in each area, and has been honored with several awards.

Joe’s most recent projects include the comic musical revue BOYS WILL BE BOYS, which enjoyed two sold-out runs in New York before playing to packed houses in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Several songs from the show were incorporated into BARENAKED LADS TAKE OFF BROADWAY, an original production in Chicago — with a special engagement at the International Oscar Wilde Festival in Dublin, Ireland.  His musical, IF THE SHOE FITS, a fractured fairy tale for the holidays, was the recipient of the “Director’s Choice” Award selected by Tony Award-winning director John Rando for the National Music Theatre Network.  The work was also a feature selection of the inaugural New York Musical Theatre Festival in a production starring Tony Award-winning actress Michele Pawk, and the only musical selected for presentation as part of the prestigious Next Stage Festival at the Cleveland Play House.  In addition, Mr. Miloscia has written lyrics for High Hair and Jalapenos!, Breakthrough, Roadkill (And Other Love Songs),  and the book/lyrics for Songs of a Silent Heart, Le Grande Cafe, The Best of Your Life and the upcoming Eighteen Wheels of Pain and Holidays on Ice.  He also wrote lyrics for the award-winning educational video “Even You” (“Telly Award” and “Videographers Award of Excellence”).

Joe’s writing has been called, "Sophisticated. Artful. Delectable.  Truly accomplished.  The songs, which aspire to and reach Sondheim country, could be slipped into any current Broadway show and probably stop it."  (The Cleveland Free Times)  Peter FIlichia of The Star-Ledger and TheatreMania said, “Joe Miloscia is a truly gifted new writer.  His song, ‘Giant’ is one of the best I’ve heard by anyone all year.” Next Magazine praised his work as, “Genuinely funny and touching.  Incredibly witty.  Most notable are the clever lyrics of Joe Miloscia.”

Joe has also directed a number of productions in New York.  His credits include premieres of If the Shoe Fits; Boys Will Be Boys; Some Summer Night (Circle Rep.), Cowboys (Reckless Dialogue Theatre); and Partners, The Interview and Mirror/Mirror (all Studio Theatre).

Other New York credits include: the premiere production of For Whom the Belle Tolls by Christopher Durang (Assistant Director; AMDA); Man of La Mancha, the Broadway revival with Richard Kiley (Assistant Musical Supervisor) and Romeo and Juliet at the Clurman Theatre (Producer). 

In 1990, Joe founded and was Artistic Director of New Stages Musical Arts, which was NYC’s only company dedicated exclusively to the development of new musical theater work by emerging artists.  For New Stages, he created the acclaimed New American Musical Writers Festival, produced 14 new musicals (including eight world premieres) and earned the support of numerous esteemed musical theatre icons, such as Harold Prince, Stephen Sondheim, David Geffen, Mary Rodgers, Gwen Verdon, Rocco Landesman, Jerry Zaks and Tommy Tune, to name a few.  The industry publication TheatreWeek called New Stages, “By far, the organization that presents the classiest showcases for new musicals in New York.  Writers will rejoice, but theatergoers can too, for here’s a troupe that knows what audiences enjoy."

From 2001-2004, Joe served as executive director of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation (SDCF), the nation’s only service organization dedicated to advancing the craft and artistry of theatrical directors and choreographers.  Joe led the nonprofit through three of its most successful years — artistically, financially and professionally.  For SDCF, Joe created important signature initiatives, including the “Mike Ockrent Fellowship for Musical Theatre” with Susan Stroman and Hal Prince; the “Director-Producer Exchange” and “Director-Musical Writers Exchange” with the League of American Theatres and Producers, and the Dramatists Guild, respectively; and, “DanceBreak,” the country’s premier showcase for rising theatrical choreographers, in addition to serving as editor-in-chief of his newly revamped Journal for Stage Directors and Choreographers, a leading arts industry magazine.  Joe also produced Twenty-One for the 21st, an all-star celebration of the century's greatest directors and choreographers; Celebrate Cy, a gala toasting legendary Broadway producer Cy Feuer on his 90th birthday; and, the “Mr. Abbott Awards honoring Susan Stroman (2001), Jack O’Brien (2002) and Lynne Meadow (2002).


Marguerite MacIntyre and Billy Martell in

New Stages’

Spring Awakening.

Below:  Joe appeared in the 1983 off-Broadway comedy Flirtations, starring Mercedes Ruehl and W.H. Macy.

Above: Joe was renown for his early use of American folk masks in theatre’s pre-Taymor era.

Left: Joe’s childhood experiences often serve as inspiration for his song writing, as in the case of “Balls” from BOYS WILL BE BOYS.

Below Right: Precocious Joe

Below Left: Joe’s first headshot