Finalist, 2020-21 Woodward-Newman Drama Award
Recipient, 2021 New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowship
Joseph Vitale, a finalist for the 2020-2021 Joanne Woodward/Paul Newman Drama Award and a semi-finalist for the 2012 Eugene O’Neill Theater/National Playwrights Conference, is the author of a number of plays including Dragons in the Crease, which was performed at the Hudson Guild Theater in New York in 2019 and was a finalist for the 2020-2021 Woodward/Newman award. Murrow, a one-man show about the life of Edward R. Murrow (called “a dramatic masterpiece” by the Huffington Post), was performed Off-Off Broadway in May 2016 at The Phoenix Theatre Ensemble and in September 2016 as part of the ACANSA Arts Festival in Little Rock, AR. The Fourth State of Matter was performed in 2011 at the Theater for the New City in New York and was later nominated for the National Playwrights Conference. His one-acts have been produced at the Hudson Guild, Barrow Group and Manhattan Repertory theaters in New York and at theaters around the country. His one-act, The Monster Under the Bed, has won two "best play" awards at festivals in Indiana and New Jersey. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America, The Theater Project Playwrights Workshop and is the recipient of a 2021 New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowship in playwriting.