Joseph "JoeP" Palmore is a class act. Introduced to the performing arts early on by his father, Joe, a former theater professor who taught classes at Texas Southern, University of Houston, Houston Community College and New York University, Palmore was destined to be in the limelight. He first emerged to the stage while in grade school. His father had him recite a poem by Benjamin Mays for a church play. A self-proclaimed "knucklehead" while a student at Jack Yates High School in Houston's Third Ward, he was pulled aside in the 10th grade by his then speech teacher Sandra Shelton who pushed him to hone his skills as a performer. With both of his parents being members of the cloth, many projected Joseph to be ministering from the pulpit, but instead he's cultivated a more secular gospel that is all his own.
What he does: Palmore is a triple threat. He acts, performs poetry and finds time to mentor young thespians. While he is a jack of many trades, he's quite honest about what he loves the most. "I am an actor first because that's my first love, it's what I do," he said. "It wasn't until six years ago when I started writing poetry and that came from moving to Houston after graduating from Clark Atlanta University." He is enjoying his fourth year with the Ensemble Theater and recently finished playing Emmett Till in The Ballad of Emmett Till this past February.
Why he likes it:He looks at his role as a poet and performance artist as a platform to help others. "I feel my whole purpose is to be heard, not just to be popular in this city," he said. "I want people to hear my work and be able to hear my work and relate to the situations I talk about. That's what I try to do as an artist."
What inspires him: "Life and how individuals react to life's situations," Palmore said. He recently produced his first play called "Love, Pain, Passion, Progress: A Poe-A-Trical Life Story" last year with the Black Box Theatre Group in June after he went through a nasty break up with a past girlfriend.
If Not This, Then What: He would be a full-time speech or theater teacher.
If Not Here, Then Where: "New York, it's the theater mecca," Palmore said. "The energy you experience while being on stage is like no other. It's that 'live or die' moment and you can feel your audience react to you."
What's Next:He is planning to release the follow-up to his producing debut in late April, Love Pain Passion Progress: The Next Chapter. You can catch him co-hosting Poetry Lounge Sundays at Bambou with Se7en the poet. The address is 2450 University Blvd in Rice Village and the show starts at 7 p.m..
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