Board Member, Education Chair
Joey Chavez is a dedicated and experienced teacher, leader, and creative team player with a passion for theater. With over 32 years of experience in public high schools in New York City, Santa Fe, and New Mexico, Joey has developed award-winning theater programs at Santa Fe High School and the New Mexico School for the Arts.
Joey is known for excellent people skills and being a patient, compassionate, and creative team leader. He has extensive experience in performance and program development and assessment, and was instrumental in creating pedagogy programs and sequencings over a four-year period. Joey was also responsible for designing, constructing, lighting, marketing, and sound design for over 200 shows, including those at Young Arts NYC, SFHS, and NMSA.
Joey has also been a teacher at Santa Fe High School, teaching Acting I, II, III, IV, Stage Design and Construction, Lighting Design, Stress and Coffee, and Musical Theater. In addition, he has been an Artist in Residence at Young Audiences New York, teaching Play Writing, Creative Writing, Staging, and Performance Prep at the National Actors Studio.
Joey has a BFA in Theater Performance from the University of New Mexico and an MFA in Theater Performance from the University of Oklahoma. He also completed a two-year professional theater internship in Acting, Guest Artist and Teacher at the Alliance Theater in Atlanta, Georgia.
Joey's outstanding work in the arts has earned him numerous awards and distinctions, including a Tony Award nomination, Mayer’s Recognition Award for Excellence in the Arts, and the Noah C. Rodriguez Award for Excellence in Teaching. He is a member of Actors Equity, Screen Actors Guild, and Writer’s Guild, and has had 30 original plays produced across the country. Joey is also a published playwright and has been selected to perform at the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Joey's passion for theater has led him to visit various schools across the country for program and curriculum development, including the South Carolina Governor's School, Alabama School for the Arts, Chicago School for the Arts, Denver School for the Arts, and High Tech High in San Diego. He has also directed a wide range of theater productions, including 23 Flights Home, The Women of Lockerbie, Laundry and Bourbon, Urine Town, Zombie Prom, Hard Rain, and Jesus Christ Superstar.
Joey's commitment to his craft and his students has made him a respected leader in the arts community, and he continues to inspire and educate others through his work in theater.