Joe Wilson, Jr.

Coordinator of Activism through Performance and Resident Acting Company Member

This is Mr. Wilson’s 15th season with the company.

Trinity Rep: In 15 seasons, plays include: The Song of Summer, black odyssey (actor and co-director), Pride and Prejudice, The Mountaintop; Beowulf: A Thousand Years of Baggage; Oklahoma! (IRNE Award, 2017); The Hunchback of Seville, Julius Caesar, Melancholy Play: a chamber musical, Middletown, Ivanov, Intimate Apparel, The Grapes of Wrath, King Lear, House & Garden, Boeing-Boeing, Clybourne Park, Camelot, Yellow-man, Cabaret, The Odd Couple, A Raisin in the Sun, A Christmas Carol, Paris by Night, All The King’s Men, The Fantasticks, Cherry Orchard, Topdog/Underdog (IRNE Award) starring Denzel Washington, Ain’t Misbehavin’ (IRNE Award), Hamlet. Broadway: Iceman Cometh (2018 Tony Nominated Best Revival), Jesus Christ Superstar. Off Broadway: Little Ham and Josephine’s Song. Regional: Huntington, Penumbra, North Shore, Music Theatre, Alliance, McCarter, Syracuse Stage, Guthrie, Ordway Music Theatre, Children’s Theatre, Company, New Rep, and American Players.

Mr. Wilson has a BA in Political Science from the University of Notre Dame, and an MFA in Acting from the University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theatre. Besides being a member of the resident acting company, he serves as the Coordinator of Activism through Performance at Trinity Rep, and is on the board of Providence’s Manton Avenue Project, South Side Community Cultural Center, and Center for Reconciliation. He is the recipient of the 2014 Volunteer of the Year Award from the Manton Avenue Project for recognition of his contributions as a guest artist, teacher and board member. In addition, he is the recipient of the Siseretta Jones Award for Cultural Literacy and the Arts, 2012 from the Rhode Island Black Heritage Society awarded to excellency in the arts (acting) presented “in recognition of those who have made outstanding contributions to the African American Community of Rhode Island.” He was also a Featured Artist in “Black Lavender,” Brown University, Providence, RI 2009-2010: an exhibit curated by Robb Dimmick and sponsored by the Rhode Island Council for Humanities, highlighting the historical contributions of black gay men in Rhode Island. Mr. Wilson is a native of New Orleans, LA and is a proud member of the Actor’s Equity Association and SAG/AFTRA.

Joe Wilson, Jr. and Trinity Repertory Company are participants in the Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellowships, funded by the William & Eva Fox Foundation and administered by Theatre Communications Group.