This high-flying young Kiwi has packed a lot of learning, training and performance into his rapidly developing career.
Josh’s interest in acting was first sparked when he discovered improv. in high school drama class. And when he encountered music theatre, he was hooked. Roles like Gaston in Beauty and The Beast and a memorable Elvis-themed Pharaoh in Jesus Christ Superstar all fuelled his passion and were early showcases for his energy, physicality and fine voice.
While still at high school Josh realised the importance of developing the bass baritone he was blessed with and embarked on seven years of Classical and Musical training.
His direction set, he took advantage of his gap year in the UK to sign up for the Guildhall School 3-week course ‘Acting In Shakespeare and Contemporary Theatre’.
Back in New Zealand he appeared as Reuben in the National Youth Theatre Company’s production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and he was accepted for the
demanding three year course at Toi Whakaari. He appeared in a number of Toi Whakaari short film productions including Mark in Domestic Abuse, Jacob in Heroes and Villains, Ben in The Mavens, on stage as Macbeth in Macbeth, Actor in Iho, Baker, the lead in Into The Woods, and Sergeant & Carney Guy in Woyzeck.
While attending Toi Whakaari he also grasped a number of professional development opportunities, including Miranda Harcourt’s One Month Screen Workshop; Liz Mullane, Jason Stutter, Vaughan Slinn & Brita McVeigh Screen Workshops; and John Bolton’s Character Workshop.
A stint with The Fortune Theatre Company led to selection for the 2017/2018 Australasian tours of the legendary Pop Up Globe, appearing in The Merchant of Venice and A Midsummers Night’s Dream.
This was followed by the Australasian tour of The Gruffalo, as Narrator and the Gruffalo, Josh also appeared as The Dancer in Venturesome, a short film by Selection Studios, and was The Spirit in Blackout, a production by contemporary indigenous arts group Tatau. In 2016 Josh was cast in the lauded Bats Theatre production of Spring Awakening, a drama of adolescence. And In 2021 he added another Shortland Street credit to his cv.
Josh likes to stay physically active, with interests ranging from basketball to skateboarding to golf. And he throws a mean dart.