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When we last put the spotlight on 100 creative forces in Phoenix, it was no secret there were more than 100 individuals who were making waves in the local arts community. So as we count down to our annual Best of Phoenix issue, we're profiling 100 more. Welcome (back) to 100 Creatives.


Joseph Benesh

is the Operations Manager of the

Phoenix Center for the Arts

, which provides arts programming to the Downtown community. He returned to Phoenix this year living in New York City, where he got his masters from NYU and was the manager of the Manhattan Movement and Arts Center.

Before he left (and returned), Benesh worked with Black Theatre Troupe, Childsplay, Phoenix Theatre, Theater Works, Keys Community Center, One Step Beyond, Youth ETC, Next Step, and Stagebrush.

"Where I'm from is important because I was the standard poor white kid from a small family," he says. "Theater kept me in school and was my introduction to the power of community and hard work. And that's what I try to promote now, the ability of the arts to change and save lives."

I came to Phoenix with . . . the intent to focus on me.

I make art because . . . I've witnessed its positive effect on the world.

I'm most productive when . . . I'm surrounded by people.

My inspiration wall is full of . . . my wife, my kids, my brother, and my friends.

I've learned the most from . . . people who you least expect things from.

Good work should always . . . be recognized as large and small.

The Phoenix creative scene could use more . . . public awareness.

The Creatives, so far ... (And while you're here, check out 100 Tastemakers on Chow Bella.)

100:Lara Plecas 99. Isaac Caruso 98. Brandon Gore 97. Kelsey Dake 96. Hector Ruiz 95. Caroline Battle 94: Jennifer Campbell 93. Jeff Chabot 92. Tiffiney Yazzie 91. Daniel Germani 90. Irma Sanchez 89. Daniel m. Davis 88. Kirstin Van Cleef 87. Emmett Potter 86. Sarah Hurwitz 85. Christine Cassano 84. Fred Tieken 83. Lindsay Kinkade 82. Ruben Galicia 81. Robert Uribe 80. Heidi Abrahamson 79. Josephine Davis 78. Travis Ladue 77. Taz Loomans 76. Mikey Jackson 75. Alex Empty 74. Joe Ray 73. Carol Roque 72. Daniel Funkhouser 71. Carla Chavarria 70. Hugo Medina 69. Cavin Costello 68. Claire Carter 67. Lindsay Tingstrom 66. Catherine Ruane 65. Christopher Crosby 64. Aaron Johnson 63. Brenda Eden 62. Colton Brock 61. Ernesto Moncada 60. Benjamin Phillips 59. Brad Armstrong 58. Angela Hardison 57. Tyler Quinn 56. Andrew James Benson 55. Charles Anthony Darr 54: Tiffe Fermaint 53. Eric Cox 52. Victor Vasquez 51. John Randall Nelson 50. Lauren Lee 49. Kyle Jordre 48. Julie C. Kent 47. Sean Deckert 46. Niba DelCastillo

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