Joe was recently awarded the 2019 Off West End Award for Musical Director for his work on The Rink at Southwark Playhouse.
The Rink won five 2019 Offies in total, including Best Musical Production. This success follows the 2018 awards, in which Superhero - another musical with direction by Adam Lenson and musical direction by Joe - won two awards, including Best New Musical.
Joe’s musical / vocal direction credits include: Wasted; The Rink (Southwark Playhouse); Crazytown: The Musical World of Ryan Scott Oliver (The Other Palace); My Fair Lady (The Mill at Sonning); 35mm: A Musical Exhibition (The Other Palace); Superhero: A One Dad Musical (Southwark Playhouse); Seven Crazy Bitches (The Vaults); The Events (UK & US Tour / Queen Elizabeth Hall); Rock City (Celebrity Cruises); West End Recast (Duke of York’s); Gone Fishing (Royal Opera House Linbury Studio); Assassins (Pleasance Theatre); Just Another Love Story (London Theatre Workshop); Side by Side by Sondheim (Headliners Club).
Joe has had a long association with David Greig’s award-winning play The Events, for which he has been the onstage pianist for two UK and one US tour, most recently playing at the Curran Theater, San Francisco, and the Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis. He was also the co-MD for a special one-off performance of the play at the South Bank's Queen Elizabeth Hall in 2014 which featured a choir of 250 singers from all over the UK and Ireland.
He has been MD for student productions of Sister Act, Cabaret, Me and My Girl, The Hot Mikado, The Last Five Years, The Witches of Eastwick, Bare: A Pop Opera, Andrew Lippa’s The Wild Party, and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.
In 2014, Joe played the role of Professor Willard in David Cromer’s acclaimed re-imagining of the Thornton Wilder play Our Town at the Almeida Theatre.
During that run, he curated and compèred a charity cabaret at the Almeida, featuring the entire cast of Our Town, including Annette McClaughlin, Anna Francolini, Richard Lumsden, Rhashan Stone and David Cromer.
Joe’s other cabaret MD work includes concerts and open mic nights at the Phoenix Artist Club, and Adam Gwon: The New American Musical, a concert celebrating the work of the American composer, which played at St James Studio and starred Fra Fee, Alexia Khadime, Stuart Matthew Price, Helena Blackman, Cassie Compton and Adam Gwon himself.
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