Onstage, Joel most recently performed “Hold These Truths” for its New York premiere at the Epic Theater (Drama Desk Nomination) and for a limited, sold-out run in Hawaii at the prestigious Honolulu Theatre for Youth. “Hold These Truths” was then asked to co-headline the “SoloNova” Festival in New York and is now touring all around the country. On screen, he stars in the feature film “Brief Reunion,” (Audience Choice Award, Gotham International Film Festival; Best Narrative Film Award, University Film and Video Association) and is currently available on iTunes. Currently, Joel can be seen on television, appearing in the original series, “Hemlock Grove,” exclusively on Netflix.
Selected New York theatrical credits include: Ivanov in “Ivanov” (Mint Theater/NAATCO, Jonathan Bank, dir.); “The Downtown Plays” (Tribeca Theater Festival, John Rando, dir.); Claudio in “Beatrice and Benedict” with the New York Philharmonic (conducted by Sir Colin Davis); “The Square” (Lisa Petersen, dir.); “America Dreaming” (Michael Mayer, dir.); Valentine in “The Two Gentlemen of Verona” (NYSF, Adrian Hall, dir.).
In 2005, Joel served as the Artistic Associate of the National Asian American Theater Company. In addition to “Ivanov,” Joel has also appeared with NAATCO in the world premiere of “Cowboy v. Samurai;” Caryl Churchill’s, “a number;” “Fuente Ovejuna (David Herskovitz, dir.);” and as Iago in “Othello,” among others.
Other theatrical credits include: Vershinin in “The Three Sisters” (Chautauqua Theatre Conservatory, Brian Mertes, dir.); Ariel in “The Tempest” (Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey); Florizel in “The Winter’s Tale” (Williamstown Theatre Festival, Darko Tresjnak, dir.); Chay Yew’s “Wonderland” (La Jolla Playhouse, Lisa Petersen, dir.); Liu Mengmei in the Peter Sellars’ production of “The Peony Pavilion” which performed in Vienna, Rome, Paris, and London’s Barbican Centre.
On television, Joel spent ten seasons appearing as TARU technician Ruben Morales in “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.” He was a series regular on the Fox drama, “Space: Above & Beyond;” and has had recurring roles on: “E.R.;” “High Incident;” and the Sidney Lumet series, “100 Centre Street.” He has guest-starred on numerous shows, including most recently “Hawaii Five-0” and “Nurse Jackie.”
Additional film credits include: “Personal Velocity” (Sundance Jury Prize Winner, Best Film); “The Adjustment Bureau;” “The Happening;” “Heights”; “Return to Paradise”; “From Other Worlds;” and “Forgetting the Girl.”
As a writer, Joel’s essay on his experiences as an Asian American actor is published in Pyong Gap Min’s “Struggle for Ethnic Identity,” and he is a co-writer of “Life Document 2: Identity” with Pulitzer Prize winner, Ayad Akthar, which won the Columbia Students Award for Best Film in 2002.
Joel is an alumnus of Brown University, where he was the two time recipient of the Thomas Carpenter Award, and the Graduate Acting Program at N.Y.U.
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