Joel Sass

Scenic Designer

Joel Sass is a stage director, designer, and adapter based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he has worked since 1990, specializing in the creation of new work for the stage and devising imaginative reinterpretations of classic plays.

From 1990 to 1993 Joel worked with the Tony Award-winning Theatre de la Jeune Lune as resident assistant director to the company, where he participated in the creation of several of the company’s original pieces, in addition to designing and occasionally performing.

In 1994 Joel co-founded and was the artistic director of the Mary Worth Theatre Company in Minneapolis, an award-winning theatre lab where for nine years he directed, designed and adapted over 14 new works and imaginative treatments of classic plays. Mary Worth was named Best Independent Theatre Company-2003.

Joel was awarded a 2006 McKnight Theatre Artist Fellowship in recognition of sustained artistic excellence, and is the recipient of a 2006 IVEY award for scenic design (LAST OF THE BOYS by Steven Deitz), and a 2009 IVEY award for Overall Excellence (MARY’S WEDDING by Stephen Massicotte).  In 2007, Joel was honored with the 2007 Alan Schneider Directing Award – a national award recognizing the work of freelance directors – administered by Theater Communications Group (TCG).  Joel was named Best Director in 2002, and again in 2008 by the Twin Cities theatre critics. In 2009, he was named Best Scenic Designer in the Twin Cities, and the Jungle Theater was named Best Large Theater under his interim leadership.