Joel Abelson
MA Student

261 UCB
Theatre Graduate Office
University Theatre Building, Room C1B86

Joel was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada. He grew up playing the saxophone and guitar and playing backstage at a local theatre where his mother was a costume mistress. He then spent 9 years in the US Army as a medic/nurse and while stationed in Germany he performed onstage for the first time.

After deciding to forgo re-enlisting in the Army Joel moved to Los Angeles to attend AMDA and pursue a degree in Musical Theatre. He studied in LA and New York with AMDA and graduated with honors in 2013. After moving to North Carolina in 2016 Joel met his beautiful wife Jen. They moved to Denver in 2018 when she took an attending physician position here.

Joel has performed several times already in the local Denver theatre community and looks forward to furthering his training within the masters program at CU.