Since graduating Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) in 2008, Joseph Simons has become one of Australia’s busiest performers, and innovative young creators.
Touring extensively throughout USA, UK, Asia and Australia, Joseph has worked for major dance companies including Chunky Move (Connected, I Like This), Lucy Guerin Inc. (Structure and Sadness, Untrained) and West Australian Ballet (soloist: Dolly, Suite No. 2). He has also been in development casts for Force Majeure, Australian Dance Theatre and DV8 Physical Theatre, London.
Joseph has choreographed for the West Australian Ballet (Man Alive, Self Destruct), and developed Storm for the Flying Fruit Fly Circus. He choreographed the opening of the Foundation for Young Australians Unleashed Awards, and the 2012 McDonald’s Challenge Ballet Scholarship finals (both at Sydney Opera House) and was choreographer for Footlight Production’s Miss Saigon.
After winning the 2013 Tanja Liedtke Fellowship (awarded to one Australian choreographer every two years) Joseph travelled to Berlin to create his one-man-show First Things First, which premiered in New York in 2014 and toured Australia in 2015.
Joseph was assistant director and choreographer for Reception: The Musical, which received two Green Room nominations before winning Best Cabaret in the 2014 Melbourne Fringe, and is now studied by VCE Drama students. He was also assistant director for Gaybies, presented by Brisbane Powerhouse.
He was involved in developments of Lingua Franca’s Right Behind Youand Play/Fight, and has co-directed several productions for Dubbo Ballet Studio, including Fame, Suessical and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
In recent years, he has directed music videos for bands including Elisha Bones (Guts) and The Hounds Homebound (Sandy). He also directed and choreographed STRING, a short film which was a finalist in the International “Dance &” Film Competition.
In musical theatre, Joseph has performed in Cats, Spamalot (Harvest Rain) and the Australian premiere of Nice Work If You Can Get It (The Production Company). He played Malcolm in the world premiere of Collette F. Keen’s The Death of Kings, touring Australia in 2014. Joseph was also featured in Victorian Opera’s Julius Ceasar – choreographed by Steven Heathcote, Jack Production’s El Amour Brujo and the title role in West Australian Ballet’s Pinocchio.
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