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Josie DiVincenzo

Josie DiVincenzo

Adjunct Faculty, Acting

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Bio

After living in Los Angeles as a professional stage, film and TV actor, Josie returned to her home town of Buffalo when cast in Shakespeare in Delaware Park. Upon deciding to stay, she became a part of the NU Theatre family by first teaching Freshman Acting and other courses at NU, and is now Adjunct Professor of Theatre Appreciation for non-majors, and Acting Styles (On-camera, Chekhov, Shakespeare) for Sophomore theatre majors.

NU Theatre

This past Fall, Josie co-directed NU Theatre’s first digital production, Shakespeare’s Kings and Queens, A Family Drama.

Also a prolific scene painter, Josie was charge artist for NU’s productions of Almost Maine, and Pirates of Penzance. Since then, she has worked on numerous projects alongside David Dwyer, NU Asst. Professor of Design & Production.

Professional Experience

In Los Angeles, Josie was a member of the acclaimed Theatre Banshee, also performed in theatres around LA including Celebration Theatre, The Huntington Guild, Actors Art Theatre and the Mark Taper Forum Amphitheatre. Regional credits include Arkansas Rep., Downstairs Cabaret (Rochester) and The Redhouse Theatre (Syracuse). 

Film and TV credits: 2 series regulars and many guest stars in prime time: Weeds, 24, Desperate Housewives, CSI:NY, Becker, NYPD Blue, Judging Amy, e.r. and Friends, to name a few; several indies and notable features: Daredevil, Marshall, Bashira and most recently, Plan B, the latter three being features that used WNY as locations.

Locally, she has acted with Shakespeare in Delaware Park, The Jewish Repertory Theatre, The Kavinoky Theatre, Irish Classical Theatre Co., Buffalo Laboratory Theatre, The Lancaster Opera House, and Shea’s Smith Theatre. 

She was scenic painter for Theatre Banshee in LA, and currently for many local professional theatres and films produced in Buffalo.

Josie has also taught acting at The Acting Corp/The Actors’ Bootcamp (LA), New York University’s Stonestreet Studios (NYC), and The Theatre School of Western NY. Josie has her own studio for one-on-one study and classes in audition and acting techniques.

Acting awards include: Dramalogue (LA), Artie Award, Best of WNY, 48 Hour Film Fest., Women’s Theatre Festival. 

Current Projects/Research

Josie directed a filmed staged production of The Year My Mother Came Back, by Alice Eve Cohen, for the Jewish Repertory Theatre, streaming from Feb 4 – 24, 2021. She also spent the pandemic-summer of 2020 acting in Donna Hoke’s award-winning play Hearts of Stone for the Women’s Theatre Festival, a live, virtual performance with actors and crew appearing from their own homes around the country.

Professional Affiliations

  • Actors’ Equity Association
  • Screen Actors Guild / American Federation of Television & Radio Artists

Training

  • Bachelor of Arts – Theatre Arts, SUNY Fredonia 
  • Master of Fine Arts – Drama, University of Southern California
  • Larry Moss – Los Angeles / NYC