As a theatre maker, Nicole has worked as a director, producer and facilitator on varied projects, many that aim to care for different communities. Nicole is interested in co-creation and collaboration and bettering mis and under-representation.
Nicole was selected for training with Almeida Theatre and as a JMK Trust Mentored Director (2021). She has been trained by RTYDS (2019) and has a strong dramaturgical skew to her director work. Nicole has also worked as a script-reader for Sheffield Theatres (2022). She is interested in dynamism and how theatre can add to our humanity truthfully whilst sharing stories that excite and entice.
As a facilitator, Nicole enjoys unlocking and empowering the creative synergy in us all and connecting people through making theatre. As a producer, Nicole is interested in projects made with and for the community which may be local or more focalised. She currently works part-time as Freedom Studios Associate Producer working closely with their co-Artistic Directors producing across productions, artist development and youth theatre. Nicole was trained as a facilitator by Cast, Leeds Playhouse, Freedom Studios and as a producer by Slung Low and Leeds Playhouse.
She is available part-time for Director-Dramaturg work.
Leeds Playhouse (2020)
Written & directed by Nicole Joseph, performed by Leah Francis, Shreya Patel and Adeline Pitu
Nicole directed the script-in-hand performance of an early extract of her play Blessed Spirits at Furnace Scratch (Leeds Playhouse, 2020). She worked closely with the actors and led them through rehearsals, technical rehearsals and worked with producers and stage technicians to deliver the piece to an audience who gave developmental feedback.
Image: Ant Robling.
Leeds Playhouse & Ramps on the Moon (2020)
by Charles Dickens, adapted by Bryony Lavery dir. Amy Leach.
Nicole was on the directing team for Oliver Twist a co-production between Leeds Playhouse and Ramps on the Moon. The production had a majority deaf and disabled cast and and featured lots of off-stage Deaf and disabled talent too, it had integrated access of audio description, captioning and British Sign Language allowing better accessibility for a wider range of Deaf and disabled audiences.
In this role Nicole was able to observe rehearsals and assist the Director in creating their vision. Nicole supported actors with elements of script and staging, attended production meetings and generally supported the large production team. The show opened with 5 star reviews from What’s On Stage and 4 star reviews from The Guardian. It was planned to go on tour before unfortunately being cancelled due to covid-19.
Slung Low (2020)
As part of Slung Low’s team, Nicole supported the delivery of a variety of creative projects including: The Good Book, their Leeds People’s Theatre short film, their Spring Cabaret, Cultural Community College and LS11 Art Gallery while being embedded in their local community in Holbeck, Leeds.
The Good Book was written by James Phillips, directed by Brett Chapman and received a 4-star review from The Guardian and was made with professional actors and 100 citizens from Leeds. See more about it at http://slunglow.org/tgb
Leeds Playhouse Youth Theatre (2019-2021)
Nicole was a Support Facilitator with Leeds Playhouse Youth Theatre on a range of projects including: Dont Stress Jess, a co-created project with Year 11’s missing end of school milestones due to covid-19.
Other projects she supported include: New Views Playwriting group, their play-reading group and RJC Dance Drama group.