Joel teaches an introduction to theatre class at NIU and is a professional actor and teaching artist based in Chicago. As an actor, his work has been featured on professional stages, television and in video games. He has trained in the techniques of Sanford Meisner, Uta Hagen, and Michael Chekhov and has had extensive exposure to Verse Drama, Period Styles and Stage Combat techniques. He holds a master's in fine arts degree in acting from Northern Illinois University and a bachelor's of fine arts degree in theatre performance from the University of Central Missouri. Additionally, he spent a summer training at the Moscow Art Theatre School (MXAT) Moscow, Russia. He was an instructor at the 2012 Theatre Arts Camp.