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Joseph Adler (October 5, 1940 - ) is a Miami, Florida based theatre and film director. He was born in Brooklyn, New York but has lived most of his life in Miami. Adler studied drama at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, and graduated from the Film Department at New York University. Adler was married to Joan Murphy Adler until her death, and they had one son, Noah Adler. His parents were Benjamin Adler and Lila Dubrow. He is also the grandson of Benjamin Dubrow, who started and managed Dubrow's Cafeteria in Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Miami Beach.
Prior to becoming Producing Artistic Director at GableStage in Coral Gables, FL, he was a little-known writer and director whose last cinematic feature was the video version of the Broadway hit comedy film Doubles (1991), for which he was the director. Prior to that he was the writer and director for the 1978 film Convention Girls and 1971 film Revenge is my Destiny.
As of the 2011-2012 season, Joseph Adler was in his fourteenth season at the GableStage in Coral Gables, FL. GableStage operates out of the historic Coral Gables Biltmore Hotel. He previously directed at many South Florida theatres including Coconut Grove Playhouse, New Theatre, Area Stage, Hollywood Boulevard Theatre, Players Theatre, Ruth Foreman Theatre, Florida Shakespeare Theatre, City Theatre, Hollywood Playhouse and Shores Performing Arts.
Active in South Florida's film and theatre community for many years, he has directed hundreds of television commercials and industrial films. He has won many awards, including the Clio. Since Adler became Producing Artistic Director, GableStage has been the recipient of 30 Carbonell Awards and 135 Carbonell Nominations. He has been nominated nineteen times (twelve at GableStage) and eight times won the Carbonell Award for Best Director: The Shadow Box (Coconut Grove Playhouse); The Killing of Sister George (Players Theatre); A Lesson Before Dying, James Joyce's The Dead, Edward Albee's The Goat, Frozen, The Pillowman and Lieutenant of Inishmore (GableStage).
Adler was awarded the prestigious George Abbott Award for "significant contributions to the artistic life and cultural development of greater Miami, Fort Lauderdale and the Palm Beaches." He has received many Best Director awards (Curtain Up, SunPost, New Times) and a Remy Award from the Theatre League of South Florida, as well as The Heart of the Arts Award presented by the New World School of the Arts. He was awarded the 2008 Arts and Entertainment Community Service Award, presented by the South Florida International Press Club, and in 2009 he was honored to receive the Truth Award from the Human Services Coalition.
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