Award Winning Actor and Playwright, Joseph Edwards
Joseph Edwards is an artist and educator of diverse talents. His work as an actor and playwright has been showcased on film, television, and stage. Joseph did a limited engagement of his one-man show Manchild In The Promised Land at the John F. Kennedy Center, in Washington DC. This stage adaptation of the classic autobiography of Claude Brown, originally produced at the American Place Theatre, was nominated for an AUDELCO Award for excellence in Black theater and was performed for more than eighty thousand students in New York City. Joseph won three AUDELCO awards for his critically acclaimed Off-Broadway production of FLY, a comedy he both wrote and performed. FLY was also presented at the National Black Theater Festival in North Carolina and at the HBO Performance Space in Los Angeles.
As an actor, Joseph appeared in Bad Company, starring Chris Rock and Anthony Hopkins. He has had guest appearances on Law and Order, Law and Order SVU, and Rescue Me. He appeared on Broadway in Regina Taylor's Drowning Crow, starring Alfre Woodard and Anthony Mackey. Off-Broadway he played Officer Burt in Ron Milner's Urban Transitions starring Chad Bozeman, and as Boy Willie in the Baltimore Center Stage production of August Wilson's Fences. He was a stand-out performer in Waiting to End Hell at the National Black Theater Festival, and stunned audiences in the Fords Theater production of Zora Neale Hurston: A Theatrical Biography. Joseph also portrayed the role of Martin Luther King Jr. in the St. Louis Black Repertory Theater production of The Meeting at the Kennedy Center, directed by Stephen McKinley Henderson.
He has performed at Caroline's Comedy Club and the New York Comedy Club and was one of the finalists of the Tom Joyner Comedy Night at Madison Square Garden's Comedy Garden. His comedic talent was center stage at New York's Symphony Space in The Joe Cool Revue, which he produced. Fly was featured in the Atlas Performing Arts Center's 2012 Intersections Festival and was back by popular demand at the 2012 DC Black Theater Festival at the Wooly Mammoth Theater.
For the past thirty years Joseph has inspired thousands of young people as a motivational speaker and educator. His most recent play Reparations is scheduled to premiere at Morgan State University in April 2015.