Joel Liestman

Last updated

May 18, 2020

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Joel Liestman has been called "one of the Twin Cities most talented singer/actors" and "consistently excellent." His 20+ year career has taken him all over the United States and Japan.


He has performed with the Guthrie Theater in West Side Story, A Christmas Carol, The Music Man, South Pacific, A View from the Bridge, the World premiere of The Master Butcher Singing Club, My Fair Lady, and understudied 1776, King Lear and Sunday in the Park with George. Most recently he was seen in Prime Productions’ Two Degrees in the Guthrie’s Dowling Studio. With Nautilus Music-Theater, he was lauded for the one-man musical The View from Here, as well as Joan of Arc, Carousel, The Apple Tree, Man of La Mancha, the Ivey Award-winning I am Anne Frank, and in dozens of ROUGH CUTS programs. He's appeared at the Ordway Center in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor, Cinderella, The Rocky Horror Show, The Sound of Music, and seven installments of the very popular Broadway Songbook series. Other Twin Cities credits include This Side of Paradise (History Theatre), My Antonia (Illusion Theater), Mr. McGee & the Biting Flea (Children’s Theatre), King of Hearts (Theater Latté Da), Skiing on Broken Glass (Still Standing Prod./MN Fringe), Gangster No. 1 and The Grand National (The E.S.C.), and A Servants’ Christmas (History Theatre).  His film credits include “How to Live Better” (ETS Productions), “Look Busy” (Greedy Falcon Films), and “Still Life” (Red Ant Productions). On TV, he has appeared on Comedy Central’s “Trigger Happy TV” and “Upright Citizens Brigade” and in numerous commercials.


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INTERNATIONAL TOUR:                                                                        

Joseph…Technicolor Dreamcoat             Reuben                             Thirty Saints Prod./Broadway Asia / James Rocco

SELECTED TWIN CITIES:                                                                         

Two Degrees                                     Jeffrey Phelps/Eric Wilson/Malik Peterson       Prime Productions / Shelli Place

West Side Story                                 Glad Hand (u/s Schrank, Krupke)                Guthrie Theater / Joe Haj

Sunday in the Park with George       u/s Jules, Boatman, Mr.                              Guthrie Theater / Joe Haj

King Lear                                           u/s Albany, Burgundy, First Servant           Guthrie Theater / Joe Haj

South Pacific                                           Lt. Buzz Adams (u/s Cpt Brackett, Cmd Harbison) Guthrie Theater / Joe Haj

A Christmas Carol

 (5 productions)                              Ghost of Christmas Present/Mr. Bear/Sykes/Bumble  Guthrie Theater / Joe Chvala & Lauren Keating

To Kill a Mockingbird                               Third Man (u/s Heck Tate)      Guthrie Theater / John Miller-Stephany

The Music Man                                        Oliver Hix (u/s Marcellus)       Guthrie Theater / John Miller-Stephany

My Fair Lady                              Cockney/Loverly Quartet/Footman                       Guthrie Theater / Joe Dowling

Tales Along the Minnesota Trail

 (2 productions)                                       Various                                    History Theatre / Rick Shiomi & Anya Kremenetsky

The Broadway Songbook of George Gershwin     Featured Singer                      Ordway Center / James Rocco

The Broadway Songbook of the 1950s     Featured Singer                      Ordway Center / James Rocco

The View from Here                                The Novelist                            Nautilus Music-Theater / Ben Krywosz

This Side of Paradise                               Morley Callaghan                    HistoryTheatre / Ron Peluso

The Broadway Songbook: Stephen Sondheim      Featured Singer                      Ordway Center / James Rocco

The Broadway Songbook: Rodgers, Hammerstein, & Hart                    Featured Singer     Ordway Center / James Rocco

I am Anne Frank*                                    Peter Van Pels                         Nautilus Music-Theater / Ben Krywosz

The Broadway Songbook: Johnny Mercer      Featured Singer                      Ordway Center / James Rocco

My Antonia                                              Jim Burden                              Illusion Theater / Michael Robins

The Broadway Songbook: Contemporary Broadway                              Featured Singer     Ordway Center / James Rocco

Joan of Arc                                              Angel/Accuser                         Nautilus Music-Theater

Cinderella                                                Ensemble (u/s King)                Ordway Center / Nick DeGruccio

The Broadway Songbook: Irving Berlin      Featured Singer                      Ordway Center / James Rocco

Joseph…Technicolor Dreamcoat             Rueben                                    Ordway Center / James Rocco

The Master Butchers Singing Club          Ensemble (u/s Fidelis)            Guthrie Theater / Francesca Zambello

Skiing on Broken Glass                            Mark                                Still Standing Prod, MN Fringe / Michelle O’Neill

Mr. McGee & the Biting Flea                  Man #1 (principal)                  Children’s Theatre Comp. / Peter Brosius

A View from the Bridge                           Immigration Officer #2           Guthrie Theater / Ethan McSweeny

The Apple Tree                                        Adam                                       Nautilus Music-Theater / Ben Krywosz

The Sound of Music                                 Admiral Von Schreiber (u/s Capt. Von Trapp)       Ordway Center / Wendy Knox

The Rocky Horror Show                           Eddie/Dr. Scott           Ordway Center / James Rocco, Jayme McDaniel

1776                                                        u/s Joseph Hewes, Col. McKean, Roger Sherman Guthrie Theater / John Miller-Stephany

Carousel                                                  Enoch Snow                            Nautilus Music-Theater / Ben Krywosz

Gangster No. 1                                        Bent Copper                            The E.S.C. / Bryan Bevell

Man of La Mancha                                  Muleteer                                 Nautilus Music-Theater / Ben Krywosz

King of Hearts                                         Johnny Able                             Theater Latte Da / Peter Rothstein

A Servants’ Christmas: The Musical        Mr. Warner                             History Theatre / Ron Peluso


The Great Debate                                    Einstein, Nazi                          Lamb’s Theatre

Femme Fatale (workshop)                      Man                                         Overture Theatre / Barry Harmon

SELECTED TV/FILM/RADIO:                                                                  

Bobby’s Run Off                                      Pastor Dan                               CutJaw Film Co / John J. Kaiser

Theater People                                        Jake                                     Metasynthesis Films / Matthew G. Anderson

Singing Telegram Man                            Dad                                          Brandon Lohstreter

In an Instant: Trapped in Corn                Jason Barrick                           ABC, Committee Films / Andy Awes

Powderkeg Live!                                      Various                                    Electric Arc Productions

How to Live Better                                  Cop                                          ETS Productions / Mark Ehling

Trigger Happy TV                                    Giant Bunny                             Comedy Central Productions

Upright Citizens Brigade (TV)                 Subway Rider                          Comedy Central Productions


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