Josh Morehead

in a New York (Wicked) State of Mind

Joshua Morehead is the new Education Director at The Carson Center. He has always been a fan of musicals – he’s seen Wicked seven times! Josh loves to cook, teach and study. He’s a UK CATS fan, and he’s been featured in an episode of House Hunters on HGTV! iMeet this New York-lovin’, multi-taskin’ all around great guy!

Hi, Josh! Welcome to iMeet. Why don’t you tell us about yourself...

I just celebrated my 38th birthday, however, I still have the enthusiasm of a teenager. I am a native of Paducah, where I’ve spent much of my life. However, I was gone for eight years, seven of which I spent in Lexington, and one in Bowling Green, before moving back home. I was one of those that said “I would never move back”, and yet, here I am.  

I graduated from Heath High School in 1998. I have an Associate in Science from Paducah Community College, a BS from the University of Kentucky (GO CATS), and a MS from Eastern Kentucky University. I'm a huge UK fan and served on the Student Athletic Association while I was at UK.  

Have you always had a love for the arts?

When I was child I wanted to be a singer/actor but I also loved school. Admittedly, if I could be a professional student, I would. I developed my love for the arts and performing at very young age. 

I've been singing for as long as I can remember, and most would agree that I have been dramatic equally as long! I was in a lot of school talent shows and plays, as well as the show choir in high school. I also performed at Market House Theatre. 

I acted in college as well and was a featured extra in Dreamer (a major motion picture); as well as several UK Opera Theatre productions of a Grand Night for Singing.  When I was younger, my fear of auditioning kept me from pursuing my passions; as well as the lack of enthusiasm for students entering the arts. We are so fortunate that now, we have an environment that nurtures students' love of the arts and performance.  

Tell us about your family...

I married Clint in September of 2014 on a rooftop overlooking Manhattan. On St. Patrick's Day we will celebrate nine years together. We don't have any children, but adoption is on the radar. We have two dogs, Cooper, a labradoodle, and Zola, a Shar-pei. They are, by all accounts, our kids!

Our home buying experience was featured on a 2015 episode of House Hunters which aired on HGTV.  People are often amazed that the producers came to Paducah; the truth is, the production team loved it here - as we knew they would.

Tell us about your education career...

I am an educator; I'm in my fifth year of teaching at the collegiate level at both Shawnee Community College and Murray State University.  I am also a registered dietitian and still do consulting when I am able. 

I've spent a majority of my career in health care - most recently as a resident service director, a director of sales and marketing, and a regional nutrition service director. 

And you’ve recently joined the Carson Center staff...tell us about your new job…

I am the Education Director, taking the spot held by the current executive director, Mary Katz. I'm certainly excited to be here since I consider the arts my first love and passion. The Education Director is tasked with programming our educational series, known as Class Acts, which connects the arts to the core standards. 

This role also provides outreach to the community which means I have the ability to go in to a school and provide lessons that relate to an upcoming performance at the Carson Center.  I also assist in the coordination of our summer programming, as well as workshops throughout the year. 

I've been involved with the arts all of my life and consider it my passion. I look at a picture daily that says, "Find a job you love and you'll never work a day in your life."  I think I'm finally there!  

What’s a typical day like for you...

I work closely with Mary to continue the quality educational programming that she spent years developing. Most importantly, I spend time learning each day. Each day is different. 

While remembering that we are in the middle of a season that still needs our attention and focus, this is the time of the year when we look ahead to our programming for next season. We work with teachers to promote our upcoming educational opportunities. 

I try to set aside time each day to promote our upcoming shows and I help with fundraising efforts. Without the generosity of our sponsors, donors, and patrons, we wouldn't be able to offer the same level of educational programming.  

What's the best part of your job? What is the hardest?

The best part of my job is knowing that we can offer educational opportunities to students in our region. Knowing that we are able to provide a student with a theater experience, when he or she may not otherwise have that opportunity, gives me great joy!  The hardest part is being the new kid on the block; but, we have a great team and they have all been very welcoming.  

What do you like to do in your free time?

In my free time, I like to bake and spend time with my one year old twin nephews, Mason and Maddox. I also love film – Clint and I are avid moviegoers. We typically follow the award season very closely and attempt to see all of the Oscar nominated movies before they award the trophies. We've been known to drive to Nashville, St. Louis, Lexington, and Cincinnati to catch movies that aren't yet available to us. Fortunately, having Maiden Alley Cinema in Paducah has helped.

I know you love traveling to NYC...tell me about some of your favorite things to do there?

I do love NYC. I'm heading there in March, actually. My favorite thing to do in NYC is see Broadway shows, randomly encounter celebrities, and visit with my best friend who lives in Queens. NYC is electric! There is constant energy that I feel when I'm there. It's thrilling!

Any other travel plans coming up?

We are also planning a trip to Europe later this year - it will be my first time "across the pond." We love to travel and I often joke that we could see the world if we'd just stop going to NYC. We would like spend time in England and France, and possibly one other country. 

The groundhog saw his shadow...are you ready for six more weeks of winter?

I love winter. I really wish it would snow more, and I know, most people will find that offensive; I could quite possibly lose friends over that statement!

Ok ‘song and dance man’, what’s your favorite musical and why?

Wicked...I'm seeing it for an 8th time in April. I think for me, initially, it was the appeal of a prequel to the Wizard of Oz. It challenges you to have a new understanding of the classic we all know and love. There are also so many lessons woven throughout the work; inclusion, and how differences can be what make us powerful, special, and unique. It's a story of friendship, love, and determination.

Josh, we wish you success and happiness in your dream job at the Carson Center. It was exciting to see you featured on HGTV and we hope you’ll keep helping to get Paducah noticed! Thanks for being our guest on iMeet this week.