Joe Simonelli grew up in the Bay Ridge section of Brooklyn, New York, where his father, Phillip, was a local orchestra leader. Joe was exposed to Broadway at an early age as his parents encouraged him and his four siblings to attend the theatre. Starting at the age of seven he saw such stars as Danny Kaye in Two by Two and Katharine Hepburn in Coco. Simonelli appeared on stage as early as the second grade beginning with elementary school productions at St. Patrick’s Grammar School until his senior year at Xaverian High School in Brooklyn when he was featured as one of the jets in West Side Story. Simonelli didn’t seriously get into theatre until the age of forty when he tried out for a local community theatre production in New Jersey. Shortly thereafter he started writing plays and submitting them around New York City and Los Angeles. Mr.Simonelli currently resides in South West Florida where he continues to write and produce/direct his plays.