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Joe Cerqua

By Scott Haden

Joe Cerqua is a freelance composer, producer, vocalist and sound designer. He is thrilled to be Forward Theater’s Resident Composer and Sound designer, where he has composed music and designed sound for over 30 Forward productions. He has composed music and/or designed sound for over 300 productions in Chicago, nationally, and internationally at theaters that include Steppenwolf Theater, The Goodman Theater, Northlight Theater, American Players Theatre, American Conservatory Theater, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, The Asolo Theater, Milwaukee Chamber Theater, American Blues Theater, Kansas City Rep, Writer’s Theater, Arizona Theater Company, and First Stage. Joe is also the Composer in residence for the Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre, a critically acclaimed 13-piece jazz orchestra and 10-member dance company. He is the Creative Director and Producer for the Music Department at Columbia College Chicago.