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Joshua is also a renowned acting coach and teaches out of his private studio,
the Creative Combustion Acting Studio in Studio City. Joshua currently has clients on THE CHI, BUST DOWN, an upcoming HBO MAX series filming in Spain, and on Broadway. Joshua created a very successful series of classes he’s created called the DIRECTOR AUDITION PANEL MASTER CLASSES. In these series of classes, Joshua preps a small group of only 8 actors to meet, work with and build a wonderful personal relationship with top Directors, Casting Directors and Agents in Los Angeles. Check out his Joshua Finkel’s Director Audition Panels Promo Videos on YouTube. In addition, Joshua has created acting training curricula and Master Classes at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, AMDA in Hollywood, The Young Americans College in Corona, and at the Academy for New Musical Theatre, The Spotlight Awards for the Music Center, YAE in Thousand Oaks, and the Actors Centre in London. He also is a renowned College Audition Coach and has clients in all of the best programs in the USA. He loves helping high school seniors build and prepare heir entire audition package for the best Theater Programs in the country.
At New Musicals Inc., Mr. Finkel co‐created and directed the Academy Repertory Company (ARC), the ANMT Performers’ Workshop, and currently directs and runs ACTOR MASTERCLASS SERIES.
Joshua is mounting 3 short original musicals based on classic Czech ghost stories. Scheduled for a Fall Los Angeles Production called CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR : The Czech Musicals , the middle show is the remounting his Pick of the Fringe 2017 award winning production of The Wedding Night both composed by Game of Thrones and Film Orchestrator, Stephen Coleman. The trio of shows is then slated to play Prague in 2023. The Original Cast Recording of The Wedding Night is now available on CD Baby! Joshua is also developing a new musical based on Picasso with a wonderful creative team from Texas and New York. Joshua mounted the award winning hit production of DAMES AT SEA at the beautiful Sierra Madre Playhouse. Joshua is currently working with the creative team to develop the musical into a full length show featuring 3 new short musicals as well as a Broadway Bound Musical currently in development. Joshua made his NY directing debut when bringing the sold out cabaret act he co-created, directed and choreographed to Feinstein’s 54 Below: TOGETHER AT LAST starring Broadway teen performers Jaidyn Young and Emma Howard (The Beguiled with Elle Fanning and Nicole Kidman, and Transparent.) We are scheduling further performances in NY and SF. In 2015, Joshua received rave reviews, Broadway World award noms., and a Best Director “Scenie” Award from Stage Scene LA for his Los Angeles County Premiere Production of VIOLET the Musical at the El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood produced Kelrik Productions. Also, Joshua directed acclaimed and VC award winning productions of THE FANTASTICKS as well as a brave new concept for the hysterical show A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM for Panic! Productions in Thousand Oaks. In Film, Joshua starred in and choreographed both seasons of the webisode series DATING IN THE MIDDLE AGES and additionally starred in the short film HUCKLEBERRY DREAMS opposite Emmy and Tony award winner Robert Morse.
An accomplished Broadway and Hollywood actor, Joshua is a proud member of Musical Theater Guild. Among his numerous acting credits, Joshua starred on Broadway and in London as Molina in KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN opposite Chita Rivera and Vanessa Williams (7 TONY Awards); then went on to win Scenie and Broadway World awards starring as Molina at the Alex Theater in Glendale and twice in India. Joshua received rave reviews as Thenardier ” the Master of the House,” in LES MISERABLES in the Original Los Angeles Production and then on the National Tour, He starred as Tybalt in ROMEO AND JULIET directed by Tony Award winner Bartlett Sher opposite Hamish Linklater as Romeo, and played The Painter in AMOUR at the Goodspeed Opera house directed by Tony Award Winning Team of Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Darko Tresnjak and Peggy Hickey and played MAN #2 in GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER at the Tuachan Center for the Arts directed by Peggy Hickey. He has played Eddie Ryan opposite Judy Blazer and Michael Nouri in FUNNY GIRL at Robert Redford’s Sundance Complex in Utah and starred as Uncle Louie in LOST IN YONKERS opposite the late Erin Moran from Happy Days.
Joshua recently played the hilarious comedic villain Bud Frump in HOW TO SUCCEED… at the Alex Theatre and received another VC and Scenie award as Leo Frank in PARADE at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts. Joshua has starred as the enigmatic lyricist from A CHORUS LINE, Ed Kleban in A CLASS ACT at the Alex Theatre which received rave reviews.
Joshua’s voice can be heard on the Original Cast Recordings of KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN, BARK! as Ben, and as the voice of ARTSCENE VISUAL RADIO on ARTSCENECAL.com. In Film and Television Joshua has starred opposite Bruce Willis, Marcia Cross, Kathleen Quinlan, Kalista Flockhart, Robert Morse and Jill Clayburgh to name a few, in such projects as THE KID, ALLY McBEAL (Emmy award), FAMILY LAW, HUCKLEBERRY DREAMS and DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES.
However his favorite film role was getting to create the Live Action Reference Footage as Prince Eric in Disney’s animated classic THE LITTLE MERMAID. Joshua’s interview about the process can be seen on the DVD Extras for the 25th anniversary Blu-Ray release of the film.