Kings County Shakespeare Company (KCSC) in Brooklyn, where he
was on staff for 4 years, Joseph played Malvolio in Twelfth
Night, 4 roles in Hamlet
and 3 roles in The Taming of the Shrew, leading David Mackler
of the Off-Off-Broadway Review (OOBR) to declare, “Joseph
Small is a character actor’s character actor.”
Mr. Small also appeared as Sir Anthony Absolute in The Rivals
for KCSC, garnering more rave reviews. He has performed
with X-Pat Theatre and The English Channel in Paris (where he
lived for a decade). In New York, he has performed Shakespeare
extensively with the American Globe Theatre, ShakespeareNYC, Theatre Ten Ten and Hawk &
Handsaw, earning an OOBR Award with the latter for playing Biondello and Curtis
in another production of The Taming of the Shrew.
He appeared in five productions with the Jean Cocteau Repertory
at its zenith, including Six Characters in Search of an Author
to Teatro Real in Sao Paulo, Brazil. His one-man
show based on the life and poetry of William Carlos Williams,
beside the white chickens, has been performed at the Edinburgh
Festival in Scotland, at Confluences in Paris, at the University
of New Hampshire, at the William Carlos Williams Center for
the Arts in New Jersey and at the Medicine Show Theatre in New
Mr. Small directed his adaptation of five William Carlos Williams
short stories, The Farmers’ Daughters, at the Théâtre
de Nesle in Paris
at the Medicine Show Theatre in New York.
He adapted and directed many fully staged readings for KCSC,
including works by Mamet, Molière and Ronald Harwood.
Other acting credits include the Barfly in
of Tina Landau’s Stonewall, Night Variations (En Garde
Arts), Seth in the world premiere of Faint (New York International
Fringe Festival) and Senchil Doorley in the New York premiere
of Portia Coughlan (Todo con Nada).
He has worked regionally at Shakespeare on
Sound in Connecticut,
at the Arkansas Rep and toured nationally in the title role
of The Imaginary Invalid.
Mr. Small played leading roles in
several independent short
films: Senator Ronald "Ronnie" Pudding in For the Love of
Pudding, winner of the Best Acting Award at the 2006 48-Hour
Film Project; Plushy, The Mood Swingers and Soup & The Dead. He
was the lead actor in a long series of television commercials
for America’s Best Contacts & Eyeglasses.
For Studio EIS in Brooklyn Mr. Small posed for a full-body bronze
sculpture of James Madison that is on display at the Constitution
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and for all of The Three Stooges,
among many others.
He is one of approximately 8,000
Master Instructors in the world and teaches part-time
at the Actors Fund of America's (AFA) Career Center and for
District Council 1707 (DC-1707).
Small is a member of Actors’ Equity Association (AEA),
the Screen Actors’ Guild/American Federation
of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA), the American Federation
of Teachers (AFT) and New York State’s United Federation
of Teachers (UFT).