Joel Grothe

Assistant Professor
Office: Theatre Arts 216
Phone: 409-880-7244


     • M.F.A. in Acting, University of Virginia
     • B.A. in English, University of Toronto

Mr. Grothe teaches acting and directing in the Department of Theatre & Dance. He has an M.F.A. in acting from the University of Virginia and a B.A. in English from the University of Toronto. Mr. Grothe has trained at the American Shakespeare Center, the Lessac Training Institute for Voice and Body, as well as with Tom Todoroff and Tom Logan.

Recently, Mr. Grothe appeared in Peace In Our Time at Main Street Theater Houston and in Die Walkure with Houston Grand Opera. Other area companies he has worked with include The Landing Theatre Company and the Houston Shakespeare Festival.

Mr. Grothe has over 100 stage, screen and voice credits throughout the United States and Canada since 1998. He was the founding artistic director of Toronto’s Canopy Theatre Company and held that position from 2001-05. He also worked as a producer for Hart House Theatre/University of Toronto and VideoCabaret Theatre Company. He is the writer and director of the films The End of Something and Gasoline and Matches and an adaptation of Harley Granville-Barker’s Waste. He has done community outreach work with the S.A.R.A. in Charlottesville, Va., and as part of the Voice Project at the Fluvanna Womens Maximum Security Prison. He is represented by Pastorini-Bosby Talent Agency in Houston and Moore Creative in Minneapolis.

Since coming to Lamar in 2009, Mr. Grothe has directed The Wicked One, The Burial at Thebes, A Doll’s House, The Beauty Queen of Leenane, Macbeth, Uncle Vanya and The Glass Menagerie, as well as playing the title role in An Inspector Calls and Eddie Carbone in A View From the Bridge.