RCS / Staff / PhD Student (Theatre / contemporary performance practice)
Josh Armstrong has experience in the direction and production of interdisciplinary performance works spanning a ten-year professional career and a childhood growing up in the theatre. Josh trained at the New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts Experimental Theatre Wing. Moving to Glasgow, Scotland in 2006, Josh completed his undergraduate education at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland on the BA(Hons) Contemporary Performance Practice programme. He has been a part-time lecturer at the RCS since 2010 and is currently the manager of the cross-conservatoire Options portfolio.
Over the past nine years, Josh has been involved in a multitude of interdisciplinary performances both in Scotland, as well across England, Mexico, Finland, Australia, Netherlands, Belgium, USA, and Taiwan. Music and sonic-arts lie at the heart of all the interdisciplinary performance work that Josh produces. He has directed the work of composers including Gavin Bryars, Oliver Coates, David Donaldson, Tan Dun, David Lang, Peter Maxwell Davies, Kathryn Joseph, Timothy Cooper, Purcell and Shostakovich; And worked with musicians and organisations such as Dunedin Consort, Hebrides Ensemble, Lori Lixenberg, Chris Watson, Phil Bancroft, Ragazze Quartet, Judith Williams, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, and The Song Company.
Josh is the inaugural Cryptic Artist having worked with the organisation since 2009. Through this mentorship and producing relationship, Josh has an extensive understanding of how interdisciplinary work is produced from: small-scale national and international touring; opera house-sized productions; to large-scale outdoor events for thousands of viewers.
In 2016, Josh was awarded a Jerwood Opera Writing Fellowship at Snape Maltings.
Josh founded Objet-a Creative Studio, an interdisciplinary arts organisation producing a variety of artistic outputs on the verge of performance, music, visual and sonic art founded in 2018. The studio engages in partnerships with academics, researchers, and specialists in a wide range of disciplines to produce work in theatres, galleries, publications, pop-ups, and found sites.
In 2019, Objet-a Creative Studio published an international creative-research publication, becoming-Botanical—an herbal encyclopaedia (liber herbalis) which asks contributors and readers to contemplate in what ways we interact and depend on plant-life in a post-modern era and what future interactions and dependencies may be. The book features 46 entries from over 50 international artists, researchers and practitioners spanning 6 continents–beautifully fusing academia, scientific and ecological research, art, and creative practice.
Keywords: music, live-art, performance, ecology, sensory, perception, sound, aesthetics, queer, futurism, theology, food, eating, design, publication, dance, theatre, astronomy, choreography, any