Joshua Morgan, an actor who’s been in the region for four years, has been named the first-ever executive director of No Rules Theatre Co., an outfit with dual headquarters in Winston-Salem, N.C., and Arlington, Va.
Board chair Violet Jacobson credits Morgan with a “major transition in the past year,” including a grant from the Winston-Salem Foundation that enabled the company to create the new position. It also moved in with Signature Theatre, raised significant amounts during a November campaign and kicked off a “terrific year of shows.”
“All [occurred] under the visionary leadership of Joshua,” she says. “No Rules Theatre Co. is poised for major success.”
Morgan, a University of North Carolina School of the Arts graduate, moved to Washington from New York and has performed at Woolly Mammoth, Signature, Arena and several other established companies in the D.C. area. As a director, he helmed sold-out productions of “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” for No Rules in both North Carolina and Washington and received solid reviews for his work on Neil LaBute’s “Some Girl(s)” and Andrew Hinderaker’s “Suicide.”
Morgan was born in England and raised in Los Angeles and North Carolina. He’s in a relationship with Louis Phillips and lives in Eastern Market. He enjoys cooking, yoga and tennis in his free time.
How long have you been out and who was the hardest person to tell?
I came out my freshman year of college. I think I had the most difficult time telling the rest of my acting class because we were so close and I had been lying to them for a while before coming out. I was embarrassed.
Who’s your LGBT hero?
John Cameron Mitchell
What’s Washington’s best nightspot, past or present?
Ugh. I’m a morning person. So — Washington’s best morningspot? Tidal Basin.
Describe your dream wedding.
My best friend Farrell has planned three for me. One will be on an organic farm, one will be on a boat and one will be in a theater with a full show as part of the ceremony. Hopefully I don’t have three weddings.
What non-LGBT issue are you most passionate about?
Eating well! We have been duped in America into eating crap and it’s slowly killing us. We have to fight for good food.
What historical outcome would you change?
Electing George W. Bush.
What’s been the most memorable pop culture moment of your lifetime?
Kurt Cobain dying. I was young, but my whole family was very upset.
On what do you insist?
Don’t do business with me on Facebook!
What was your last Facebook post or Tweet?
I posted a picture of Louie and me in Rehoboth Beach.
If your life were a book, what would the title be?
“If you’re not behind, where are you? The Joshua Morgan Story”
If science discovered a way to change sexual orientation, what would you do?
What do you believe in beyond the physical world?
I consider myself a spiritual person and definitely believe in the afterlife and reincarnation.
What’s your advice for LGBT movement leaders?
Use the younger generation to create change! They’re incredibly open minded and will shape the future of our community.
What would you walk across hot coals for?
What LGBT stereotype annoys you most?
I’m not every girl’s pet.
What’s your favorite LGBT movie?
“The First Wives Club.” That’s basically an LGBT movie at this point.
What’s the most overrated social custom?
Why can’t I have my elbows on the table when I eat?
What trophy or prize do you most covet?
I’m proud of the recognition from the Helen Hayes for No Rules as the outstanding emerging theatre company back in 2012. That meant a lot to me.
What do you wish you’d known at 18?
Start saving money!
I love how embracing this arts community is. I think because the city is so transient, it’s open to new talent, which his very exciting for me and the young people I work with. It doesn’t hold on to preconceived notions as much, which I love.