Joe Gulla

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Joe Gulla
BornJoseph Santo Gulla
July 23, 1964
Bronx, New York
Notable worksGarbo, Bronx Queen Trilogy, The Bronx Queen, Faggy at 50, Daddy, Reel Wood, Knock Off!, Gay.Porn.Mafia, Christmas Caroline, Gayfever, Fall and Rise, Sleeping With The Fish, My Darling Love, Members Only

Joe Gulla (born July 23, 1964) is an American playwright, actor and reality television participant.[1][2][3] He is best known for the autobiographical monologues that he writes and performs for the theater. He is a regular performer at Feinstein’s/54 Below and Joe's Pub at The Public Theater.[4] An award-winning playwright, his plays have been performed Off-Broadway, nationally and internationally.[5]


Early life[edit]

Gulla is a native of Bronx, New York. He is a 1982 graduate of Cardinal Spellman High School. Upon graduation, he attended the State University at Albany, but eventually transferred to Fordham University at Rose Hill. His post-graduate work includes study at Fordham University and Circle Repertory in New York City.[6]


Gulla is a regular performer at Feinstein’s/54 Below and Joe's Pub at The Public Theater. His play, “My Darling Love” won the 2019 Christopher Hewitt Award for Drama. His plays, "The Bronx Queen”, “Garbo” and “Gay.Porn.Mafia” won the 2016, 2017 and 2018 NYC Downtown Urban Arts Festival "Audience Award”, respectively. As an actor, Joe performed in San Francisco's “Tony & Tina's Wedding” for many years and Off-Broadway's “My Big Gay Italian Wedding”. He also starred on NBC's LOST, one of television's first adventure reality series.[7]

His best known work, Bronx Queen Trilogy is based on his experience growing up as a gay boy in the Bronx. [8]The Bronx Queen, first in the series, won the 2016 Downtown Urban Arts Festival "Audience Award" for Gulla's sold-out performance at Joe's Pub at The Public Theater.[9]"The Bronx Queen" was also awarded Best Comedic Script and Most Popular Show at NYC Theater Row's 2012 and 2013 United Solo Theatre Festival, respectively.[10][11]Faggy at 50, second in the series, was awarded Best One-Man Show at NYC Theater Row's 2014 United Solo Theatre Festival.[12]Daddy, the series' final installment will had its World Premiere at NYC Theater Row's 2015 United Solo Theatre Festival.[13] Gulla won the 2015 United Solo Award for Best Comedian for his performance.[14]

REEL WOOD, a short play written by Gulla, had its World Premiere at the Hollywood Fringe Festival in June 2015. It was also selected by NYC's Village Playwrights to be performed in their "Re-Inventing Family" series commemorating Gay Pride.[15][16] Gulla's play, Knock Off!, had its world premiere in Houston, TX at Theatre Southwest.[17] Christmas Caroline had its World Premiere at Studio C Theatre, Hollywood, CA in November 2015.[18] His play, Gayfever had its World Premiere at the Funky Little Theatre Company in March 2016.[19] "Sleeping With The Fish" by Joe Gulla opened the Village Playwrights' "Gay Pride and Prejudice" series in June 2016.[20] In June 2016, Gulla's play, Fall and Rise had its World Premiere at the Carrolwood Player's "One Act Weekend" in Tampa, Florida.[21] Later that month, Gulla's Fall and Rise premiered at the 2016 Hollywood Fringe Festival.[22] Fall and Rise was awarded "Best Play" in 2016 at the Acadia University Mini Fest in Nova Scotia, CN.[23]

Gulla was a contestant on the NBC adventure reality series Lost in 2001. The show followed three teams of two as they made their way from the Gobi Desert in Mongolia back to the United States.[24] He played the role of "Frankie" in Off-Broadway's long-running hit, My Big Gay Italian Wedding.[25]

The Advocate named Gulla its "Anti-Bullying Hero" in 2012.[26]

Gulla is a member of the Dramatists Guild.[27]

Rome Years[edit]

Gulla lived in Rome, Italy from 2007 to 2010, his play Garbo was based on an unrequited love affair experienced while living there. Garbo was selected to be part of the New York City's Times Square International Theater Festival in 2012.[28] Garbo was also produced at New York's Cherry Lane Theater as part of the 2017 Downtown Urban Arts Festival. It won the "Audience Award" for that performance.[29]

Original plays (select)[edit]


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