Born on the East coast, raised in the West — my life has followed a series of dots leading me to Maplewood, USA, a secret enclave just west of NYC where the trees take your breath away, and the people breathe life into a vibrant community...

For over 30 years, I've helped some of the largest and smallest companies in the world bring innovative concepts to life using methods based in storytelling, performance, publishing, design, and mobile; exciting, provocative, and innovative projects with some of the best minds across disciplines. 

I've also worked extensively with children and adults mixing and mashing elements of theatre, digital narrative, and new media technologies to connect people across distance for art and business.

I created Storylines as a vehicle to teach storytelling and other dynamic learning experiences to people of all ages and all walks of life; in schools, in the workplace, and around the world.

To me, storytelling sits in a place where science and imagination are knotted together with analytic thought and mystical spirit. When we work together to untangle meaning, we create unbreakable bonds with insight and understanding. 

Storylines Connect
Maplewood, USA

Joseph Alan Wachs
Founder + Director


Joe Wachs holds an MA from New York University in Performance + Technology with an emphasis on Digital Storytelling and a BA in Theatre Philosophy & American Poetry from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon. He lives with his brilliant wife and dynamite kid in Maplewood, NJ.