Joel Beers
Joel Beers

Joel Beers has reviewed theater for OC Weekly since its inception in 1997. Among his awards are first place for entertainment criticism from the Southern California Journalism Awards in 2008, and second place in arts criticism from the Association of Alternative Weeklies in 2011.

He has also managed to forge a career as a free-lance writer since the mid-1990s, writing for publications as varied as American Theatre Magazine to Southland Golf. He spent a few years in the trenches of daily newspapers as a general assignment reporter before that, but left the industry to pursue more creative writing. He’s had a dozen of his plays produced in Orange and Los Angeles counties. He holds a B.A. in political science from Cal State Fullerton, and also studied journalism at Fullerton College and San Jose State University.

In addition to writing, he is also an adjunct faculty member at California State University, Dominguez Hills, teaching feature writing to communications majors. Oh, he also helps manage a bar in downtown Fullerton. And his veins pulse with the blue blood of the Los Angeles Dodgers.


LOCATION: Fullerton, California


WHAT INSPIRES ME: Learning. Imagining. Questioning everything. People with opinions they can back up. Vin Scully.

FAVORITE PLACE TO GET AWAY IN MY AREA: A bar. San Onofre (the beach, not the power plant). Chino Hills. The Enchanted Forest (it’s somewhere in Brea. If you don’t know where it is, I ain’t telling….)

FAVORITE WRITERS: Mark Twain. Bob Dylan. Don Delillo. Allen Ginsberg. Samuel Beckett. George Carlin. Patton Oswalt. Noah Haidle. Howard Korder. Amy Freed. John Arden. T.S. Eliot. Robert Scheer. Matt Taiibi. Sinclair Lewis. Henry Miller. John Steinbeck.


MOST OVER-HYPED ARTIST: Your favorite band.

PERFECT SOUNDTRACK FOR WRITING: Utter silence. Van Morrison’s “Astral Weeks,” if I had to listen to something.

WHY I LOVE WHERE I LIVE: Who wouldn’t love Fullerton? It’s the Paris of North Orange County!

ART YOU MAKE (IF YOU MAKE ANY...): Plays. Film scripts. Songs.

Recent Articles
Bug Art: Volkswagen Beetles Get the Tricked-Out Treatment
Bug Art: Volkswagen Beetles Get the Tricked-Out Treatment
The dozen owners of wacky Volkswagen bugs that are part of the sprawling VW Classic in Irvine this weekend probably wouldn't be there if not for Adolf Hitler. The world's most beloved car was shaped in no small fashion by one of the world's most atrocious human beings ever.
Pinball Wizards of Orange County
Pinball Wizards of Orange County
The Orange County Pinball League, with members ranging in age from 18 to 60, convenes monthly to share in their zeal for those marvelous hybrids of sound and spectacle: pinball machines.
Selling Richard Nixon
Selling Richard Nixon
Joel Beers examines the form of the 37th President's legacy through the Richard M. Nixon Presidential Library and Museum's architecture, photographs, artifacts, and exhibits.
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