Because of his extensive experience as a performer, Joe excels as a teacher of physical theatre. His teaching incorporates the broad style of the circus, the intimacy of the street, the large-scale visual comedy of stadium shows, the focused work of the theatre comedian, as well as the confrontational approach of the stand-up. Joe has taught at Artea in Zaragoza, Spain, the Belfast Community Circus in Northern Ireland, Teater Studion in Stockholm, Sweden, the Dell'Arte School, Coastal Carolina University, the Circus Factory in Cork, Ireland, ACT in San Francisco, and served as Director of Clown Conservatory at the Circus Center, San Francisco where he developed an extensive pedagogy combining Clown, Circus, Theatre, Slapstick and Commedia.

His students have worked for Cirque du Soleil, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, 500 Clown, ACT, the Dell’Arte School, the New Pickle Circus, the Pajama Men, University of Missouri at Kansas City, Tears of Joy Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, The Actors Gymnasium, Lookingglass Theatre, University of Chicago, University of Idaho, Columbia College, The Big Apple Circus, and the DePaul School of Theatre. Many have gone on to start successful theatre companies creating original devised work.

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about nakupelle

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Joe’s forte is self-devised work: he has created six solo shows and co-founded two physical theatre troupes, the Abbotts of Unreason and Los Payasos Mendigos. Currently he tours internationally with his own company, nakupelle, creating original performances combining theatre, dance, circus, slapstick, mask performance, commedia dell’arte, puppetry and clown. nakupelle has been featured in theatre seasons, outdoor festivals, circuses, corporate events and cabarets in Asia, Europe and North America.

As an actor and comedian, Joe has worked with a number of established companies: British pop sensations, Take That! (co-creator of original material for TV special, music video, stadium and arena tours), the Closing Ceremonies for the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics (performer and co-creator of opening sequences), Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus (as Clown and Elephant Jumper), Disney (cast in featured shows as Physical Comedian), the Dell’Arte Players (North American tours), International Champions of Magic, Scott & Muriel (Lead Character European Tour), and UK-based Director Kim Gavin (Lead Character with Take That and London 2012).

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