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Joshua Stephen Kartes
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Guest Musical Director for Chess (ImaGEN, 2015)

Joshua Stephen  Kartes is a freelance composer, arranger, pianist, vocalist, musical director, vocal coach, and clinician currently based in New York City. Joshua is the music director, arranger, and orchestrator for the critically acclaimed Broadway Sings concert series at Le Poisson Rouge (performances have also been presented at 54 Below and Highline Ballroom). He is the music director and pianist for Broadway Sessions at the Laurie Beechman Theatre. Prior to his move to the East Coast, Joshua spent four and a half years in Chicago, Illinois where he quickly made a name for himself in the theatre and music arenas. On April 29, 2009, Joshua received his third and fourth Joseph Jefferson Non-Equity Award nominations for his work in Theo Ubique Theatre Company's Chicago world premiere hit production of Jacques Brel's Lonesome Losers of the Night (on September 25, 2008, he was announced as the recipient of the 2008 After Dark Award for Outstanding Musical Direction for his work on this show). Joshua co-created, music directed and wrote the musical arrangements for the show; his nominations are for Outstanding Achievement as Musical Director and for Best New Stage Adaptation. In 2008, Joshua won the Jeff Award for Outstanding Achievement as Musical Director for Theo Ubique's production of the Kander & Ebb musical Cabaret.


ImaGEN is a collaborative venture between the MSU College of Arts and Letters’ Department of Theatre and the MSUFCU Institute for Arts & Creativity at Wharton Center.