Joe Praml - "JOE PRAML - reading his compilation "Heirs of Brighid: Classic and Modern Irish Poetry" including poetry of Patrick Pearse, W.B. Yeats, Eavan Boland, James Joyce, Kathleen Tynan, Seamus Heaney, John Keegan Casey and others.
Joe Praml is a graduate of the University of Minnesota (BA in English), and a Shubert Fellow at the UofM Graduate School of Theatre. He was awarded the McKnight Foundation Humanities Award for Drama. He is a Long-service Member of British Equity, Screen Actors Guild, Dramatists Guild of America, and the International James Joyce Foundation.
Joe, an American, lived in London for 14 years working as an actor, writer and director, mostly as an actor on the British stage in many plays. His TV credits include BBC-TV’s production of John Le Carre’s Tinker, Tailor, Soldier Spy and Smiley’s People, both with Alec Guinness. Joe's stage plays have been produced in London and the US.
As a theatre director in Los Angeles, Joe won a Hollywood Drama- Logue Award for Direction of Mary O’Malley’s Once a Catholic at the original Celtic Arts Center on Hollywood Blvd. He was awarded the Eugene O’Neill Centennial Memorial Commendation by the City of Los Angeles for directing two Eugene O’Neill Sea Plays, Bound East for Cardiff and Long Voyage Home. Last year, Joe directed an Equity- waiver production of Hugh Leonard’s The Au Pair Man at the Raven Playhouse, North Hollywood Arts District to favorable reviews.
When Joe first came to Los Angeles from London, he worked for a while as an actor in TV and film. His LA acting credits include Fletch in films, and Hardcastle and McCormick and Matlock on TV. Joe left the entertainment business in the 1980's, and became a tenants' rights advocate. He is on the Board of Directors of Coalition for Economic Survival, a leading tenants' rights organization in LA area. He has been a Counselor and is a key person in the development of CES’ Tenants' Rights Clinic, where tenants come for free legal advice. He is a former Rent Stabilization Commissioner for the City of West Hollywood. In 2004, LAWeekly in "Best of LA" issue cited Joe as "Best Way to Keep Your Landlord Honest" and described his work at CES' Tenants' Rights Clinic.
A few years ago, Joe returned to the stage and lectern as a reader of poetry and James Joyce's Bloomsday readings at theaters, colleges, museums, libraries and festivals using his acting and voice experience from the London/UK stage."
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