45: Joseph Benesh

Categories: 100 Creatives

When we last put the spotlight on 100 creative forces in Phoenix, it was no secret there were more than 100 individuals who were making waves in the local arts community. So as we count down to our annual Best of Phoenix issue, we're profiling 100 more. Welcome (back) to 100 Creatives.

Joseph Benesh

Joseph Benesh is the Operations Manager of the Phoenix Center for the Arts, which provides arts programming to the Downtown community. He returned to Phoenix this year living in New York City, where he got his masters from NYU and was the manager of the Manhattan Movement and Arts Center.

Before he left (and returned), Benesh worked with Black Theatre Troupe, Childsplay, Phoenix Theatre, Theater Works, Keys Community Center, One Step Beyond, Youth ETC, Next Step, and Stagebrush.

"Where I'm from is important because I was the standard poor white kid from a small family," he says. "Theater kept me in school and was my introduction to the power of community and hard work. And that's what I try to promote now, the ability of the arts to change and save lives."

courtesy Joseph Benesh
I came to Phoenix with . . . the intent to focus on me.

I make art because . . . I've witnessed its positive effect on the world.

I'm most productive when . . . I'm surrounded by people.

courtesy Joseph Benesh
My inspiration wall is full of . . . my wife, my kids, my brother, and my friends.

I've learned the most from . . . people who you least expect things from.

Good work should always . . . be recognized as large and small.

The Phoenix creative scene could use more . . . public awareness.

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courtesy Joseph Benesh from Phoenix Design Summit
The Creatives, so far ... (And while you're here, check out 100 Tastemakers on Chow Bella.)

100:Lara Plecas
99. Isaac Caruso
98. Brandon Gore
97. Kelsey Dake
96. Hector Ruiz
95. Caroline Battle
94: Jennifer Campbell
93. Jeff Chabot
92. Tiffiney Yazzie
91. Daniel Germani
90. Irma Sanchez
89. Daniel m. Davis
88. Kirstin Van Cleef
87. Emmett Potter
86. Sarah Hurwitz
85. Christine Cassano
84. Fred Tieken
83. Lindsay Kinkade
82. Ruben Galicia
81. Robert Uribe
80. Heidi Abrahamson
79. Josephine Davis
78. Travis Ladue
77. Taz Loomans
76. Mikey Jackson
75. Alex Empty
74. Joe Ray
73. Carol Roque
72. Daniel Funkhouser
71. Carla Chavarria
70. Hugo Medina
69. Cavin Costello
68. Claire Carter
67. Lindsay Tingstrom
66. Catherine Ruane
65. Christopher Crosby
64. Aaron Johnson
63. Brenda Eden
62. Colton Brock
61. Ernesto Moncada
60. Benjamin Phillips
59. Brad Armstrong
58. Angela Hardison
57. Tyler Quinn
56. Andrew James Benson
55. Charles Anthony Darr
54: Tiffe Fermaint
53. Eric Cox
52. Victor Vasquez
51. John Randall Nelson
50. Lauren Lee
49. Kyle Jordre
48. Julie C. Kent
47. Sean Deckert
46. Niba DelCastillo

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