Joe trained in Directing at Rose Bruford College. He won a place on the Regional Theatre Young Director Scheme and as a result became Trainee Director for the National Theatre of Scotland in 2007-8.
His directing credits include The BFG (Dundee Rep), The Last Polar Bears, Our Teacher’s A Troll, Allotment and re-directing the 2013 world tour of Black Watch (National Theatre of Scotland), The Reprobates (HighTide),The Drowning Pond, Jabberwocky (YMT), Thank You, Videotape and The Sunday Lesson (Oran Mor, Glasgow), Eat Theatre (Farnham Maltings), One For The Road and Fantasy Football (BAC), 5+1 (24:7 Theatre Festival). He has worked extensively as an Assistant and Staff Director on Number 1 tours, West End, World Tours and Off-Broadway.
He makes work with and for young people across a wide variety of contexts, especially in Youth Theatres and Drama Schools.
In 2012, he wrote and performed Educating Ronnie (Macrobert/Utter/HighTide) at the Edinburgh Festival as part of the Made in Scotland Showcase, where the production was awarded a Fringe First. Educating Ronnie toured Scotland in Autumn 2013 and was nominated for the National Theatre Foundation New Play Award.
Joe joined Dundee Rep as Associate Artistic Director in 2016.