Joe Beck is a free-lance writer who got his start after he sold a story about his African safari adventure when he was 19. The Northport Observer paid him $35 and he hasn’t been the same since.
Beck has also written and produced five plays, two of which won best new play awards. His plays include Our Lady of Queens, Acts of Love, James Joyce…Waits, Thanksgiving, Fuel, Murderous Huntington and Don’t Leave Tracks. His latest play is Saddam: The Musical, a satirical look at Saddam’s wedding gift to his American bride. Susan Stroman, director of The Producers on Broadway, called Beck’s play “wonderfully hilarious.”
He teaches drama and dramatic writing and regularly speaks at schools and libraries in the tri-state area about the craft of dramatic and fiction writing. His seminar “Publishing For Profit,” has been presented to dozens of libraries and schools in the tri-state area for adults and students. It offers something unique in the way of writing-hands on, practical, immediately useful advice from a working writer. One can’t get this from an English professor or teacher who hasn’t published books.The presentation is valuable in that the audience receives tips and techniques to get published-from a working writer.
He’s also taught composition at Kingsborough College in Brooklyn. He’s a proud member of The Authors Guild and The Dramatists Guild.