Joseph Simons is a director, choreographer and performer working in a range of forms from contemporary dance, theatre, ballet, opera and musicals.
Joseph has been a teaching artist for La Boîte Theatre Company, Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School, Mad Dance House, Promenade Studio and The Space (Melbourne). He has been a guest coach for pre-Olympic rhythmic gymnasts, model coach for Melbourne Fashion Week and art director for Australian fashion brand Toni Maticevski.
Touring extensively throughout USA, Australia, UK and Asia, Joseph has performed as a soloist for Chunky Move (CONNECTED, I LIKE THIS) Lucy Guerin Inc. (UNTRAINED, STRUCTURE AND SADNESS), Opera Australia (RING CYCLE, KING ROGER) Lingua Franca (UNSUSTAINABLE BEHAVIOUR), West Australian Ballet (PINOCCHIO - title role), The Production Company (NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT) and Queensland Ballet (LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD).
He has also been involved in development workshops for companies including Australian Dance Theatre (ADT) (PROXIMITY), Force Majeure (I WILL HAVE BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE AT MY FUNERAL TOO), and DV8 Physical Theatre, London (JOHN).
His choreography has been performed by West Australian Ballet (MAN ALIVE), The Seven Sopranos (POPCORN), Queensland University of Technology (QUT) (SKANK: A TRAGIC LOVE STORY), Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) (SELF DESTRUCT) and Flying Fruit Fly Circus (STORM), as well as independent projects, including in music videos for Elisha Bones’ GUTS and Hounds Homebound’s SANDY.
For musical theatre, he has choreographed MISS SAIGON (Footlight), COMPANY (Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University), LITTLE WOMEN, CAROUSEL, PERSONALS (QCGU), FAME! and PETER PAN (Dubbo Ballet Studio, DBS). Joseph also choreographed RECEPTION: THE MUSICAL (Critical Stages/Butterfly Club) which has enjoyed several Australian national tours and is now on the VCE Drama curriculum, studied by high school students in VIC, Australia.
Joseph won the 2013 Tanja Liedtke Fellowship, allowing him to create his solo show, FIRST THINGS FIRST in Berlin, which premiered in New York in 2014, toured 23 venues around Australia in 2015, and continues to tour internationally. Joseph conducts masterclasses in choreography, self-devised theatre and contemporary dance technique on each stop of the tour.
From 2010-2018, Simons was author of popular column ‘Freelance Dancer’ in Australia-wide magazine Dance Train, giving practical advice to young dance students. In 2017, Joseph was commissioned by SunPAC, QLD to mentor emerging artist Lauren Lee during the creation of a new solo work, QUIET ON SET, to premiere in 2018.
Joseph is currently a sessional lecturer in Musical Theatre at Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Griffith University, where he also acts as a contributing creative within the department.
Joseph is currently in development for a new play, 100 YEARS OF THE HISTORY OF DANCE AS TOLD BY ONE MAN IN 60 MINUTES WITH AN ENERGETIC GROUP FINALE which will premiere and tour Australia in 2019.