Joe Cacaci co-created the CBS prime time series The Trials of Rosie O’Neill, starring Sharon Gless and has been the Executive Producer of two prime time series,SHOWTIME ‘s The Hoop Life, starring Dan Lauria, Mykelti Williamson and Gregory Hines and CBS’s The Education of Max Bickford, starring Richard Dreyfuss and Marcia Gay Harden. He wrote and directed the final episode of The Hoop Life, which starred Charles Durning and Edward Asner. He wrote the episodes of Max Bickford, that brought Eli Wallach and Peter O’Toole to the show. Joe was an Executive Producer with David Black and Mr. Dreyfuss of Mr. Black’s PBS series Copshop, and directed the pilot episode, which starred Mr. Dreyfuss, Blair Brown and Jay Thomas. He has written and produced numerous movies for all three major networks, starring actors like Helen Hunt, Brian Dennehy, Meredith Baxter, Joanna Kerns and Adam Arkin to name just a few.
Joe has directed two indie features, Stranger in My House, starring Lindsay Crouse, and National Lampoon’s, Snatched, starring Andrew McCarthy, Jonathan Silverman, Jay Thomas and Ernest Borginine. He wrote, directed and co-produced, with John Whalan and Black Ice Entertainment, the short film, Food for Thought, for Joe Mantenga's Quickbites series, which aired on KCET in August of 2012, featuring Tony Shaloub and Minnie Driver and which was selected to open the 2013 Berkshire International Film Festival. He directed and executive produced, with Mr. Whalan, the short film, Halftime, written by Richard Dresser and featuring Treat Williams. The film was also selected for BIFF, 2013 and is part of a new venture that Joe started with Mr. Whalan, to produce original short films for distribution on the internet, TV and theatrical release. Along with Odyssey Networks, Joe is currently putting together financing for Invisible Men, a feature film he wrote about baseball's Negro Leagues. Info at invisiblethemovie.com.
In the theater, Joe produced the award winning Boston premiere of David Mamet'sAmerican Buffalo and was Producing Director of NY’s Provincetown Playhousewhere he co-produced Mr. Mamet’s OBIE winning play Edmond. He was the founding Artistic Director of East Coast Arts where he produced twenty world premiere plays over seven seasons, including work by Shel Silverstein, which Joe directed. He was Producing Director of The Playwrights Kitchen Ensemble in Los Angeles (with founding Artistic Director Dan Lauria), where over 500 new plays were given staged readings in the Monday Night Reading Series.
Joe has directed plays for The NY Shakespeare Festival at The Public Theater (for the late Joseph Papp), The Westport Playhouse, Coconut Grove Theatre and commercially in New York and in Los Angeles, where he directed the world premiere of Victor Bumbalo's Questa, featuring Wendie Malick, Dorian Harwood and Dan Lauria. At Queens Theater in the Park, he directed the world premiere of Against the Rising Sea, by Kelly Masterson. It starred Elizabeth Franz. Most recently, he directed the world premiere workshop of Carol Schneider's A Movement of the Soul, which was performed in English and American Sign Language (ASL). It was produced in association with the late Jeffrey Ash and NY Theater Workshop. In June, 2013, Joe directed Anna Ziegler’s new play Life Science at BPL.
Joe’s own plays have been produced at The Public, The Long Wharf and at the Alley Theatre in Houston. His latest play, Keeping Time, which featured Larry Bryggman,had its world premiere workshop at the Berkshire Playwrights Lab, where Joe is a founding co-Artistic Director with Jim Frangione, Bob Jaffe and Matthew Penn.
Joe teaches television writing in the graduate program of the Film School at Columbia University, and in the undergraduate film department at Wesleyan University.