Josh Armstrong is an interdisciplinary director working in the medium of performance. Starting his career as a dancer, his works now span a wide range of disciplines from theatrical design to installations, collaboratively devised performances to direction of music-theatre works.
Armstrong was born in Cleveland, Ohio, USA and moved to Scotland in 2006. He studied Experimental Theatre at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and Contemporary Performance Practice at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
Josh is an Associate Director of Cryptic, a Glasgow-based internationally renowned arts producing house and Artistic Director of Objet-a Creative Studio.
His arts practice lies at the intersection of live-music, theatre and visual. He has worked with musicians such as: the Dunedin Consort; Hebrides Ensemble; Loré Lixenberg; Ragazze Quartet; Astrid Quartet; Oliver Coates; AGF; and The Song Company. Armstrong has worked across a wide range of musical repertoire from Purcell, Shostakovich, and Peter Maxwell Davies to contemporaries such as David Lang, Gavin Bryars, Tan Dun and Kathryn Joseph. His directorial work has been presented across Scotland, England, Taiwan, Netherlands, Australia, Belgium, Mexico, USA, and Finland.
As a performer his credits include Bye Bye Birdie with the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera and the regional US premiere of the musical, Reefer Madness.
Josh has lectured in Contemporary Performance Practice and Business Skills at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland since 2010. He is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
He was awarded an Opera Writing Fellowship through Jerwood Charitable Trust and Aldeburgh Music in 2016.