Joe received his BFA in Acting from Emerson College in Boston. His love of theatre fused with his love of movies, and in 2001 he began directing underground feature films. Upon graduating from university, he toured the country adapting and performing stories written by children. In 2009 he co-founded Elephant & Worm, an organization that produces educational arts projects that unite professional artists with elementary-aged students in close creative collaboration. He is also the co-founder of The Underground Multiplex, a community-arts organization based in Chicago that creates interactive movie events and locally produced movies, music, and web shows.