Joel Mercier, a native of NH, received his degree in Music Theatre from the Hartt School of Music in West Hartford, CT. He then moved to New York City and pursued a career as a professional actor & musician. While in NY, Mercier's love for all aspects of musical theater led him down many different paths, working professionally as an actor, director, singer, vocal coach, pianist, music director, composer & copyist of sheet music. Mercier has worked all over the country at summer stocks, regional theaters, and even a national tour covering a dozen different states. He has worked at numerous nationally recognized theaters including the Center for the Arts in PA, the Goodspeed Opera House in CT, Northern Stage in VT, and both the Westbeth (Off-Broadway) and the Nokia Theatre Times Square in NYC. In addition to portraying dozens of famous character roles, Mercier, a member of Actor's Equity Association, has also originated numerous principal parts in Staged Readings and Experimental Performances, several of which have continued to grow and become recognized throughout the country (one in particular has even been published crediting Mercier as a member of the original cast).
In 2009, Mercier returned to NH to continue his work at the New London Barn Playhouse in New London, NH as both the Resident Music Director and Artistic Associate. Working on both the artistic and administrative sides of the theater company allowed Mercier to take part in redeveloping the Barn into the thriving company that it is today, dedicated completely to quality and education. As an instructor, Mercier has taught students ranging from beginner to Broadway professional through his private studio both in NH and when he was living in NY, as well as a regular Guest Artist and Instructor in the Theatre Department at Dartmouth College in Hanover. Mercier continues to work as a local freelancer directing, musically directing, performing, and even composing and writing.