Born into a show business family, Joey Travolta began his career as a performer in 1978 as a recording artist with Casablanca Records, appearing on popular variety shows such as American Band Stand and the Donny & Marie Show. Joey made his acting debut starring in feature films such as Sunnyside (1979), Beverly Hills Cop III (1994), and Oscar (1991), in addition to theatre performances in West Side Story, Bye Bye Birdie, and Guys and Dolls. As an actor, Joey regularly appeared in television shows including Simon & Simon, Dream On, and Splash II.
In the early nineties, Joey made writing, directing, and producing his focus. Joey’s directorial debut was Vegas Vice (1994), followed by the critically acclaimed Enemies of Laughter (2000), starring Peter Falk, and the comedy, Partners (2000). In 2005, Joey produced the documentary Normal People Scare Me while mentoring a fifteen year old boy with autism who directed the film.
Before he made it on the big screen, Joey worked as a special education teacher in New Jersey. Today, Joey merges his passion for working with individuals with special needs with film by creating workshops and camps that educate students about film making. Joey’s unique teaching style and expertise enables those with special needs alongside their typically developing peers to have to learn about production and their own creativity. Once a side project to his feature films, Joey has cultivated Inclusion Films into a growing network of programs supporting individuals with special needs—his greatest professional achievement thus far.