Spotlight on Inspiration - Joe Brancato, Artistic Director, Penguin Rep Theatre


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Joe Brancato
Artistic Director
Penguin Rep Theatre

How did you get to be in the job you have now?

I founded a theatre!

What career did you think you would have when you were in high school?

Theatre Director

What was the best advice you ever received?

Never use soap on your face, eat pasta daily and.. Most of all.. Be kind to others

What piece of advice would you give to college seniors?

Travel, explore, meet as many people as you can

Do you have a particular charity you support? And why?

NY Harvest Food Bank

Do you have a personal goal for 2023?

Try to not sweat the small things and continue to rail against injustice and hypocrisy.

Do you feel you have a good work/life balance? If so, why or how did you achieve that?


When you feel stuck, how do you recharge yourself or get inspired?

Listen to music… inspiring vocalists

Do you have a hobby? If so, what is it and how did you get into it?

Conjuring up great new recipes and trying them out on unsuspecting friends

Do you have a habit you wish you could break?

Cell phone addiction

Name one thing you are working towards in 2023?

More world travel

What one thing would you try (or do) if you weren’t afraid?

Scuba diving

If money wasn’t a concern, what would you be doing right now?

Overseeing the building of an interdisciplinary arts center

Name one or two of your favorite movies.

Cinema Paradiso

Name one or two of your favorite books? And why.

To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee | South Mountain Road by Hesper Anderson

What do you want your legacy to be? Or how do you want to be remembered?

As having brought some joy, laughter and healthy arguments to the table.

Is there anything else you would like to share about your work or interests?

Nothing excites me more than seeing younger interns exhibit an insane passion for the arts.

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