Josh Armstrong was born in Cleveland, Ohio and moved to Scotland in 2006. He is an interdisciplinary Director, characterised by bold design, visual composition and artistic collaboration. Josh studied Experimental Theater at New York University and Contemporary Performance Practice at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

He has worked with Cryptic since 2009, becoming the first Cryptic Associate Director in 2011. Josh has directed the work of composers including Gavin Bryars, Oliver Coates, David Donaldson, Tan Dun, David Lang, Peter Maxwell Davies, Purcell and Shostakovich in productions that have been staged across the UK including Opera North, Leeds; Kings Place, London and St Magnus Festival, Orkney.

Further afield Josh’s work has been shown at Melbourne Recital Centre and St Mary’s Cathedral, Sydney, Australia and National Theater and Concert Hall in Taipei, Taiwan. In 2017 his work will be presented at Tramway, Glasgow; De Singel, Antwerp; Grand Theatre Groningen and Rotterdamse Schouwburg during Operadagen.