Joseph Mitchell is the current Artistic Director of OzAsia Festival. His first festival program was delivered in September 2015, setting new records for audience attendance and introducing a bold new contemporary-focused vision for Asian arts in Australia.

Under his stewardship, OzAsia Festival has been referred to as Australia’s ‘necessary festival’ by RealTime Arts for its unique focus on contemporary Asian arts and its committed support of Australian-Asian arts collaboration.

Prior to OzAsia Festival, Joseph worked as Senior Director and Producer at Luminato Festival in Canada (2014) and Executive Producer for Brisbane International Arts Festival in Australia (2011 – 2013).

Joseph is also an accomplished theatre director and was engaged at Queensland Theatre Company (2006 – 2011) where he directed more than ten productions including Waiting for Godot, The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Ruby Moon, Man Equals Man, Beckett Shorts, and a wide selection of new and classic Australian works.

Other key roles include editor of opening ceremony for Asian Games in Doha, 2006, and Highlights Editor for Commonwealth Games in Melbourne (2006).

Joseph completed his post-graduate education at Victorian College of the Arts, majoring in Dramatic Direction. His undergraduate study included Bachelors in Communications (Journalism) and Arts (Theatre) at Newcastle University.

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