High School Level Teacher
Joe Appel (he/him/his) is a native of NYC who recently moved to State College to work in student affairs at PSU. Having spent his entire career to date in secondary education, Joe has directed/musical directed over 50 shows for teenagers and founded his own youth theatre company. The crowning achievement of his theatrical career was staging and conducting a 25-piece orchestra in the first-ever Brooklyn production of his favorite show, Les Misérables, shortly after the close of its original Broadway run. Although an extensive and never-ending list, some of his other favorite shows include Ragtime, Guys & Dolls, Newsies, West Side Story, Carousel, Miss Saigon, Rent, Gypsy, Dear Evan Hansen, Evita, Come From Away, Next to Normal, Assassins, Bat Boy, Annie, Hairspray, and many, many more. Joe is a self-proclaimed theatre geek and makes no apologies! Nothing makes him quite so happy as gathering people around a piano or a karaoke mic to belt out some show tunes. As a lifelong educator, Joe’s real passion is guiding young people to cultivate their talents and develop their love for musical theatre. It is truly a calling and the honor of a lifetime to walk alongside his students during this fundamental part of their journey. As he starts this new chapter of his life in Happy Valley, he is beyond thrilled to have the opportunity to work with the emerging thespians of Singing Onstage and become a part of this incredible family.