Gift Planning (GP): Joseph, how you became interested in acting?
Joseph McGranaghan (JM): I was an athlete in high school, primarily a pitcher on the baseball team. But in the spring of my junior year I got tendinitis in my throwing shoulder and had to miss the entire baseball season. I started looking for other after-school activities and, on a whim, auditioned for the school musical, Oklahoma. I ended up playing this bitter character and I kind of channeled my disappointment into this creative endeavor. It was revelatory, the whole experience.
GP: Why did you choose to study at the Asolo?
JM: The scholarships offered by the FSU/Asolo were a big factor in my decision. I had been accepted into other programs, all reputable, but extremely expensive. Also I was really impressed with the people I met when interviewing and their commitment to training the next generation of theatre artists and leaders. Finally, the professional relationship with the Asolo Theatre factored heavily into my decision.
GP: What was the impact of receiving a scholarship and/or financial aid?
JM: Ask around among MFA actors in New York and you'll hear a lot of people talk about the crippling debt they incurred while receiving their education. I was extremely fortunate to have received top-notch training for free and even benefited from a generous living stipend.
But that doesn't mean I don't understand debt. I carry a debt I can never pay back. I owe my education, my career, and some of the best years of my life to the generous community of donors who sponsored me throughout my time at the FSU/Asolo Conservatory. I owe this debt to the donors who supported the graduate acting program at FSU and to the people who supported me financially and emotionally throughout my graduate school experience. I don't expect I'll ever be able to pay back this debt; I can only hope to make them proud by someday paying it forward.
GP: That is amazing! What are your current projects? Career goals?
JM: I am currently writing a full-length play about futures trading on Wall Street and I am in rehearsal for an off- off-Broadway production of Life Is a Dream. I also teach acting to young artists. As for goals, I'm very happy working in regional and off-Broadway theatre, but I would like to break into the film and television scene in New York City.
The information on this website is not intended as legal or tax advice. For such advice, please consult an attorney or tax advisor. Figures cited in examples are for hypothetical purposes only and are subject to change. References to estate and income taxes include federal taxes only. State income/estate taxes or state law may impact your results. Annuities are subject to regulation by the State of California. Payments under this agreement, however, are not protected or otherwise guaranteed by any government agency or the California Life and Health Insurance Guarantee Association. A charitable gift annuity is not regulated by the Oklahoma Insurance Department and is not protected by a guaranty association affiliated with the Oklahoma Insurance Department. Charitable gift annuities are not regulated by and are not under the jurisdiction of the South Dakota Division of Insurance.