Taming of the Shrew

Joe co-directed and choreographed comic duos, physical comedy, an acrobatic-slapstick Irish Wedding - even a jump rope routine! - for this unique production of William Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew at Shakespeare's Globe, London.

Ariadne auf Naxos

Cross a physical comedian, cabaret and street theatre artist with a half dozen circus skills and some of the best opera singers in the world and you get Ariadne auf Naxos at the Scottish National Opera! Joe was Circus Skills director in this unique production.


Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts

Teaching actors to climb on walls, fight off a deadly scarecrow, and tussle on a vertical bed, were all part of Joe's job as Physical Theatre Director for "Woman & Scarecrow" at RADA.

London Olympics

Joe helped to develop and was featured in the Closing Ceremonies for both the London Olympics and Paralympics in collaboration with UK-based director, Kim Gavin.

Servant of Two Masters

As guest faculty at Coastal Carolina University, Joe directed his adaptation of Carlo Goldoni's, "Servant of Two Masters." It featured a Fish Dance, a talking steamer trunk and a pair of sexy aerialists dangling from a giant spaghetti noodle.

Clown Conservatory

During Joe's tenure as Director of Circus Center San Francisco's Clown Conservatory, he directed a number of solo artists and ensembles creating original work in Clown, Circus, Slapstick and Commedia dell'arte.

Take That!

Joe was featured as a lead character in two tours with British pop sensations Take That! He helped create and develop the opening scenes and numerous routines throughout these massive music spectacles.

The B!G Show with Joe

Joe helped write, choreograph and design this comedy illusion magic show featuring FISM World Champions, Scott & Muriel.

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Scott-n-Muriel's BIG Show with Joe Dieffenbacher

Los Payasos Mendigos

Joe co-founded this popular physical theater troupe. He choreographed the troupe's slapstick and acrobatic sequences, and served as prop, puppet and set designer.

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The Abbotts of Unreason

The Abbotts forté was acrobatic-slapstick comedy, juggling and comic characters in the tradition of vaudeville and clown. Joe was co-founder, director, prop maker and choreographed the group's slapstick sequences.

Circus Bone Idle

Joe directed Bone Idle's first big spectacle show, OtherWorlds, four eccentric characters telling tales from Ancient Ireland. A stunning mix of juggling, diabolo, masks, puppets, aerial silk, acrobatics and live music.

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