|Born||Paterson, New Jersey|
|Alma mater||University of North Carolina|
2014 recipient of The Zelda Fichandler Award|
Recipient of the NEA/White House Council Millennium Grant
Haj has performed as an actor and was named by American Theatre magazine as one of 25 theater artists who will have a significant impact on the field over the next quarter century.
Haj is the eighth artistic director of the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Prior to replacing Joe Dowling at Guthrie, he served as producing artistic director at PlayMakers Repertory Company, the theater in residence at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he presented the world premiere of Surviving Twin by Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Loudon Wainwright III; commissioned and premiered Mike Daisey’s The Story of the Gun; commissioned and premiered UNIVERSES’ play Spring Training; and produced the premiere of The Parchman Hour by award-winning film and theatre director Mike Wiley. Under his leadership, PlayMakers hosted artist residencies or performances by David Edgar, Nilaja Sun, Taylor Mac, Lisa Kron, Rinde Eckert, SITI Company, Pig Iron, The TEAM, Rude Mechs, and others.
As a director, Haj has worked at theaters throughout the United States including Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Actors Theatre of Louisville, and the Folger Theatre in D.C., and has directed projects in a maximum-security prison, in the West Bank and Gaza, and in rural South Carolina.
Upon receiving his M.F.A. from the University of North Carolina, Haj launched his career as an actor, performing with Garland Wright, JoAnne Akalaitis, Anne Bogart (as an original member of SITI Company), Peter Sellars, Sir Peter Hall, Robert Woodruff and others.
He was the 2014 recipient of The Zelda Fichandler Award, was named by American Theatre magazine as one of the 25 theater artists who will have a significant impact on the field over the next quarter century, and was recipient of the respected NEA/White House Council Millennium Grant awarded to 50 of America’s finest artists.
- Jeff Baenen, Associated Press (17 February 2015). "Guthrie Theater names Joseph Haj as new artistic director". Denver Post blog. Retrieved 22 January 2016.
- "Minnesota Theaters Embrace New Leaders, and Others May Follow". The New York Times. 23 August 2015. Retrieved 22 January 2016.
- "Not Your Average Joe: Haj Makes Guthrie Directing Debut". ABC News. Retrieved 22 January 2016.
- "Act One for Joe Haj: 'Pericles' gives Guthrie audiences a look at his work". Star Tribune. Retrieved 22 January 2016.
- "Joseph Haj, Artistic Director of Playmakers Rep, Receives 2014 Zelda Fichandler Award". Playbill. Retrieved 22 January 2016.