One of the greatest joys of my life is turning people on to Shakespeare who have never really connected with him before, either because of a lack of exposure or maybe an unsatisfying past experience.
I love it when people overcome their fear of Shakespeare. I love watching their confidence grow and shine in their faces. Without being too sentimental, I consider it my dharma in life to midwife that connection.
“Joseph Siravo is one of the best teachers and coaches of Shakespeare in the country"
Joseph Siravo has taught at some of the most respected actor-training programs in New York City. After receiving his MFA from the NYU Tisch School of the Arts Theatre Program, where he trained under the guidance of Ron Van Lieu, Olympia Dukakis and Nora Dunfee, he went on to join the faculty at NYU Grad Acting, led by Zelda Fichandler, teaching Voice, Speech & Text with a primary focus on Shakespeare.
Over the past 35 years, Mr. Siravo has conducted Shakespeare Workshops at the Michael Howard Studio, the Stella Adler Conservatory, the Playwrights Horizons Theatre School, the Terry Knickerbocker Studio, the Cherry Lane Alternative, NYU Stonestreet Studios and the Lucid Body Institute. In addition to coaching privately, he continues to enjoy a long-standing collaboration with Lucid Body Founder, Fay Simpson, conducting the popular Lucid Shakespeare workshops alongside Ms. Simpson.
As an actor, Joseph Siravo has appeared on Broadway, Off-Broadway and Regional theatre stages, in Film and on TV in a wide variety of roles, ranging from 'Fred Goldman' in F/X's 2017 multiple Golden Globe and Primetime Emmy Award winner, THE PEOPLE v. O.J. SIMPSON: AMERICAN CRIME STORY to ‘Mark Antony’ in ANTONY & CLEOPATRA and ‘Claudius’ in HAMLET; from ‘Sweeney’ in SWEENEY TODD to ‘Johnny-Boy Soprano’ on HBO’s legendary drama, THE SOPRANOS. His Broadway credits include: OSLO, which swept the 2016-17 awards season, winning the 2017 Tony Award for Best New Play, the Obie Award for Best Ensemble, the Drama Desk Award, the New York Drama Critics’ Circle, the Outer Critics’ Circle and Lucille Lortel Awards, all for Outstanding New Play, produced by Lincoln Center Theater. He was a member of the original cast of the 2005 multiple Tony Award winner, THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA, also at Lincoln Center Theater; as well as THE BOYS FROM SYRACUSE at the Roundabout’s American Airlines Theater and Herb Gardner’s CONVERSATIONS WITH MY FATHER, with Tony Shaloub and Judd Hirsch, at the former Royale Theatre. During a period of 6 years, between 2006 - 2012, Mr. Siravo gave over 2000 performances in 38 cities with the 1st National Tour of the global sensation, JERSEY BOYS.
Off-Broadway: New York premieres of MAD FOREST and UP AGAINST THE WIND at New York Theatre Workshop, MY NIGHT WITH REG at The New Group, THE ROOT at The Atlantic, DREAM OF A COMMON LANGUAGE with The Women’s Project, DARK RAPTURE and GEMINI at Second Stage, LUSTING AFTER PIPINO’S WIFE at Primary Stages, PIECE OF MY HEART at Signature Theatre and SMASHING with The Play Company. As a member of Ensemble Studio Theatre, he has appeared in productions of Joyce Carol Oates’ EARTHQUAKE, John Guare’s NEW YORK ACTOR, Will Scheffer’s TENNESSEE & ME and Bill Bozzone's SONNY DEREE'S LIFE FLASHES BEFORE HIS EYES.
Regionally: HAMLET at the Long Wharf, ANTONY & CLEOPATRA at Berkeley Rep, LAST OF THE BOYS at the McCarter Theatre, THREE SISTERS at Shakespeare Theatre of NJ, THE SWEET LIFE at Yale Rep, SAVAGES at Seattle Rep, ITALIAN-AMERICAN RECONCILIATION at The Roundhouse, STEEL at A.R.T., as well as OTHELLO, SWEENEY TODD and A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE at the Hangar.
On Television, he has starred in: FOR LIFE, NEW AMSTERDAM, THE PEOPLE v. O.J. SIMPSON: AMERICAN CRIME STORY, BLUE BLOODS, THE BLACKLIST, ELEMENTARY, THE SOPRANOS, IN TREATMENT, MADE IN JERSEY, DIRTY SEXY MONEY, HACK, THIRD WATCH, LAW & ORDER (all versions), WITNESS TO THE MOB and COSBY.
Film credits include: THE REPORT (TIFF) and MOTHERLESS BROOKLYN (NYFF) as well as EQUITY, THE WANNABE, CARLITO’S WAY, MAID IN MANHATTAN, ENCHANTED, THE WILD, SHARK TALE, A DAY IN BLACK & WHITE, NIGHT FALLS ON MANHATTAN, TURN THE RIVER, WISE GIRLS, WALKING & TALKING and THIRTEEN CONVERSATIONS ABOUT ONE THING.
The extensive list of directors with whom Mr. Siravo has worked includes the best of the American theatre, television and film community:
David Anspaugh, Bob Balaban, Andrei Belgrader, Mark Brokaw, Scott Z. Burns, Steve Buscemi, Simon Callow, David Chase, Casey Childs, Allen Coulter, Tripp Cullman, George Cukor, Brian De Palma, Richard Donner, Blake Edwards, Robert Egan, Scott Ellis, Karen Gaviola, Michael Greif, Anthony Hemingway, Jack Hofsiss, Nicole Holofcener, Mladen Kiselov, Sidney Lumet, Emily Mann, Max Mayer, Melanie Mayron, Michael Mayer, Des McAnuff, Meera Menon, Ido Mizrahy, Ryan Murphy, Ed Norton, Arthur Penn, Matthew Penn, Lisa Peterson, John Rando, Elinor Renfield, Don Scardino, John Patrick Shanley, Bartlett Sher, Susan Stroman, Daniel Sullivan, Derek Walcott, Wayne Wang, Mark Wing-Davey and Jerry Zaks.
Joseph Siravo was lead producer on the feature film THINGS THAT HANG FROM TREES for Aviles Street Productions, an independent film production company based in NYC, of which he was a co-founder. TTHFT received its world premiere at the SXSW Film Festival, its NYC premiere at the New Directors/New Films Festival and its European premiere at the Troia International Film Festival, where it was honored with the Golden Dolphin Award for ‘Best American Independent Feature.’ THINGS THAT HANG FROM TREES is now in the Permanent Collection at MoMA.
A member of NY Stage & Film at Vassar’s original acting company, he directed Sam Shepard’s SUICIDE IN Bb in the theater's early days. He also coordinated their ‘New Voices’ play development series for 3 seasons, where he supervised staged presentations of more than 60 new plays in development.
He has directed workshops and productions of THE MERCHANT OF VENICE, JULIUS CAESAR, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, ROMEO & JULIET, MACBETH, MEASURE FOR MEASURE and KING LEAR, as well as Caryl Churchill’s adaptation of Seneca’s THYESTES, John Barton and Kenneth Cavender’s THE GREEKS, Lanford Wilson’s SERENADING LOUIE, Sean O’Casey’s HALL OF HEALING, Fernando Arrabal’s PICNIC ON THE BATTLEFIELD and Samuel Beckett’s PLAY.
Mr. Siravo holds a B.A. from Stanford University and an M.F.A. from the NYU Tisch School of the Arts Theatre Program, Grad Acting.