Joel Fisher

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Joel Fisher is a musical theatre and opera director striving to reinvigorate and reinvent the genres by experimenting with the relationship between music and drama.

He is the co-founder of FTG Productions, a company that develops and produces new British Musical Theatre.  The company are currently developing several shows with several different writing teams.  

Joel has worked with Constella Ballet and Orchestra at developing opera-ballet, a new extended genre aiming to blur the lines between opera and ballet whilst creating work that is new, fresh and accessible. He is also looking into developing a new style of music theatre led entirely by actor-musicians.

Joel has assisted on several opera productions and continues his director residencies with OperaUpClose and Opera della Luna.

He recently directed the critically-acllaimed The Clown of Clowns as part of the Grimeborn Festival, Arcola Theatre:

British Theatre: *****  'Superbly invigorating'

The Daily Express: 'One of the most imaginative and bewildering shows I have seen for a long time'

Fringe Opera:  **** 'A necessary reminder of the beauty of fringe theatre'

Theatre Full Stop: ****  'Their experimental approach yields thrilling results'

 

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Joel Fisher is a musical theatre and opera director striving to reinvigorate and reinvent the genres by experimenting with the relationship between music and drama.

He is the co-founder of FTG Productions, a company that develops and produces new British Musical Theatre.  The company are currently developing several shows with several different writing teams.  

Joel has worked with Constella Ballet and Orchestra at developing opera-ballet, a new extended genre aiming to blur the lines between opera and ballet whilst creating work that is new, fresh and accessible. He is also looking into developing a new style of music theatre led entirely by actor-musicians.

Joel has assisted on several opera productions and continues his director residencies with OperaUpClose and Opera della Luna.

He recently directed the critically-acllaimed The Clown of Clowns as part of the Grimeborn Festival, Arcola Theatre:

British Theatre: *****  'Superbly invigorating'

The Daily Express: 'One of the most imaginative and bewildering shows I have seen for a long time'

Fringe Opera:  **** 'A necessary reminder of the beauty of fringe theatre'

Theatre Full Stop: ****  'Their experimental approach yields thrilling results'

 

Career stage
Junior
Industries
Music, musical theatre, new writing, Performing Arts, theatre, Visual Arts
My skills
Composition, Marketing, Arts Fundraising, Directing, Dramaturgy, Finale, Microsoft Office, Musical Theatre, Opera, Performing, Producing, QLab, Sibelius, Stage Managing
Job Roles
1st Assistant Director, Artistic Director, Director, Dramaturg, Producer

Work history

Apr 2015 - Present

Resident Director
OperaUpClose - (for UK tours of their shows)

Jan 2015 - Present

Artistic Director
FTG Productions - Developing and Producing new British Musical Theatre

Jun 2015 - Sep 2015

Assistant Director (dir. Jeff Clarke)
Orpheus in the Underworld - Iford Arts Festival and Tour (Opera della Luna)

Aug 2015 - Aug 2015

Director
Sideshows - Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Constella Ballet & Orchestra)

Jul 2015 - Aug 2015

Director
The Clown of Clowns - Grimeborn Opera Festival, Arcola Theatre (Constella Ballet & Orchestra)

Apr 2015 - May 2015

Staff Director
The Elixir of Love - UK Tour (OperaUpClose)

Jan 2015 - Mar 2015

Assistant Staff Director - (dir. James Conway)
The Siege of Calais (English Touring Opera)

Jan 2015 - Mar 2015

Assistant Staff Director - (dir. Iqbal Kahn)
The Wildman of the West Indies - UK Tour (English Touring Opera)

Jan 2015 - Mar 2015

Assistant Staff Director - (dir. James Conway)
La bohème - UK Tour (English Touring Opera)

Jan 2015 - Mar 2015

Artistic Director
Under Construction - St. James Studio Theatre (FTG Productions)

Jan 2015 - Jan 2015

Assistant Director (dir. Robin Norton-Hale)
The Elixir of Love - King's Head Theatre (OperaUpClose)

Dec 2014 - Jan 2015

Assistant Director (dir. Robin Norton-Hale)
La bohème - King's Head Theatre (OperaUpClose)

Nov 2014 - Dec 2014

Assistant Director (dir. Valentina Ceschi)
The Elixir of Love - King's Head Theatre (OperaUpClose)

Oct 2014 - Nov 2014

Director
The Promised Land - Old Red Lion Theatre (workshop & Showcase)

Aug 2014 - Aug 2014

Director
Sideshows - Tête-à-Tête Opera Festival (Constella Ballet & Orchestra)

Jun 2014 - Aug 2014

Assistant Director (dir. Jeff Clarke)
La fille du regiment - Iford Arts Festival & Tour (Opera della Luna)

Apr 2014 - Jun 2014

Assistant Director (dir. Jeff Clarke)
The Gondoliers - The Lowry, Quays Theatre (Opera della Luna)

Jan 2014 - Apr 2014

Director
The Mikado - University of Manchester Studio 1 (College Production)

Dec 2013 - Feb 2014

Director
The Marriage of Figaro - Cosmo Rodewald Concert Hall (College Production)

Jul 2013 - Aug 2013

Assistant Director (dir. Tom O'Brien)
How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying - The Lowry, Quays Theatre (The Company Music theatre)


Education

May 2015 - May 2015

YFA Directors' Workshops - Training with Artistic Associates of the Almeida Theatre
Almeida Theatre

Apr 2015 - Apr 2015

Springboard - - Training with guest facilitators and associates of the Young Vic
Young Vic

Nov 2014 - Jan 2015

The King's Head Theatre Director Trainee Scheme - Training as Assistant Director, Production Assistant and ASM.
The King's Head Theatre

Jul 2014 - Sep 2011

Degree in Music - MusB (1st Class with hons)
University of Manchester

Aug 2011 - Sep 2009

A Levels - 3 A*s and 1 A
City of London School for Boys

Aug 2009 - Sep 2007

GCSEs - 13 A*s
Immanuel College


Where they are going

Industries
Film, Music, Performing Arts, Radio, TV, Visual Arts
Skills they want to learn
Digital Design, Digital Marketing, Marketing, Arts Fundraising, Producing

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