Joseph is an opera and theatre director and maker.  After studying English and Theatre at the University of East Anglia, he spent 2 years training with Jacques Lecoq in Paris.  After leaving France in 1997, he founded ‘theatre O’, making original theatre work and touring it around the world.  Alongside his work with theatre O he freelances as a Director in both theatre and opera. 

For 9 years he also worked as Movement Director, helping create the staging for major operas and theatre productions throughout the world.  He was responsible for directing revivals for these works at the Bolshoi in Moscow, the Wielki in Warsaw and Staatsoper in Berlin. 

In the music and dance world, he has worked with composer Sivan Eldar and librettist Cordelia Lynn on the development of a new opera at Snape Maltings, as well as with Ballet Rakatan in Cuba.  With composer, Ed Jessen, he has worked on two new pieces, Gallup Memo and the upcoming Syllable. In the film world he has collaborated with artist Daria Martin in the making of 3 short films; these films have been shown in galleries and festivals around the world. 

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Syllable - World Premier, Trinity Laban

La Finta Giardiniera - Royal Danish Opera Academy

Cosi Fan Tutte - Royal Danish Opera Academy

Tonight the World - Film with Daria Martin - Associate Director 

Lessons in Love and Violence - Royal Opera House, (dir. Katie Mitchell) - Associate Director

Pelleas et Melisande - Wielki Opera House, Warsaw - Revival Director

Alcina - Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow - Revival Director 

The Secret Agent - theatre O/Young vic 

Et c’est ainsi que cet obscur temps s’achève… - Festival d'Aix en Provence 
Life Story 
- Festival d'Aix en Provence

The Hunger Artist - Film with Daria Martin - Associate Director 

Vol Retour (The Way Back Home) - Paris Opera - Revival Director

100% Cuban (working title) - Ballet Rakatan (Cuba)

At The Threshold - Film with Daria Martin - Associate Director

Neither/Footfalls - Staatsoper Berlin (dir.Katie Mitchell) - Associate Director

The Way Back Home - ENO/Young Vic (dir. Katie Mitchell) - Associate Director
The Man Jesus
 - Lyric Belfast/National Tour 
Le Vin Herbé
 - Staatsoper Berlin (dir. Katie Mitchell) - Associate Director

The Bridge - Mimbre

Delirium - theatre O/Barbican

Time/Space - Living Dance Studio (Beijing)

Arsenic and Old Lace - Derby Playhouse  

Astronaut - theatre O/Barbican 

The Argument - theatre O/Barbican 

3 Dark Tales - theatre O/Barbican


The Mirror Crack'd - Salisbury Playhouse (dir. Melly Still)

Jenufa - Dutch National Opera (dir. Katie Mitchell)

Ariadne auf Naxos - Festival d'Aix en Provence

Girls and Boys - Royal Court (dir. Lyndsey Turner)
Miranda - Opéra Comique Paris (dir. Katie Mitchell)

Common - National Theatre (dir. Jeremy Herrin)

OIL - Almeida Theatre (dir. Carrie Cracknell)

Pelléas et Melisande - Festival d'Aix en Provence (dir. Katie Mitchell)

Blue/Orange - Young Vic (dir. Matthew Xia)

Lucia di Lammermoor - Royal Opera House (dir. Katie Mitchell)

Cleansed - National Theatre (dir. Katie Mitchell)

Alcina - Festival d'Aix en Provence (dir. Katie Mitchell)
Light Shining in Buckinghamshire
 - National Theatre (dir. Lyndsey Turner)

The Cherry Orchard - Young Vic (dir. Katie Mitchell)

Happy Days - Young Vic (dir. Natalie Abrahami)

How the Whale Became - ROH2 (dir. Natalie Abrahami)

Hamlet - RSC (dir. David Farr)

Hansel & Gretel - National Theatre (dir. Katie Mitchell)

Blackta - Young Vic (dir. David Lan)

Playhouse - Orange Tree Theatre (dir. Martin Crimp)

The Trial of Ubu - Hampstead Theatre (dir. Katie Mitchell)

A Woman Killed with Kindness - National Theatre (dir. Katie Mitchell)
Clemency - ROH2 (dir. Katie Mitchell)

Beauty and the Beast - National Theatre (dir. Katie Mitchell)

Dancing at Lughnasa - Clwyd (dir. Kate Wasserberg)
Idomeneo - English National Opera (dir. Katie Mitchell)

The Cat in the Hat - National Theatre (dir. Katie Mitchell)

Midsummer Night’s Dream - English Touring Opera (dir. James Conway) - Assistant Director