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Josh Armstrong

Lecturer of Contemporary Performance Practice

Josh Armstrong is an interdisciplinary performance director, researcher and lecturer. His performance practice lies at the intersection of music + sonic arts, live art and choreographic practices. He is the Artistic Director of Objet-a Creative Studio.


Josh has worked with the Glasgow-based internationally-renowned art house Cryptic since 2009, becoming the first Cryptic Artist in 2011. He has directed the work of composers including Gavin Bryars, Kathryn Joseph, Oliver Coates, David Donaldson, Tan Dun, David Lang, Peter Maxwell Davies, Purcell and Shostakovich in productions that have been staged across the UK including Tramway, Glasgow; Summerhall, Edinburgh; Tolbooth, Stirling; Horsecross, Perth; Opera North, Leeds; Kings Place, London and St Magnus Festival, Orkney.

Further afield Josh’s work has been shown at De Singel, Antwerp; Melbourne Recital Centre and St Mary’s Cathedral, Sydney, Australia; November Music, Den Bosch; Grand Theatre, Groningen and Rotterdamse Schouwburg during Operadagen; National Theater and Concert Hall in Taipei, Taiwan; and Womadelaide, Australia.

He edited, designed and published the international, multidisciplinary creative-research publication, becoming-Botanical and is in the process of editing the second edition in the BECOMING series, becoming-Feral.

In 2016, Josh was awarded a Jerwood Opera Writing Fellowship at Snape Maltings.

Josh studied Experimental Theater at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and Contemporary Performance Practice at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Research Interests

Sound and Music Theatre, Performance (and) Ecologies, Postmodern Choreographic Practice, Food in Performance, Interdisciplinary Collaboration.