Josh Armstrong is an interdisciplinary Director, characterised by bold design, visual composition and artistic collaboration.

Armstrong was born in Cleveland, Ohio and moved to Scotland in 2006. He studied Experimental Theater at New York University and Contemporary Performance Practice at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Armstrong has worked with Cryptic since 2009, becoming the first Cryptic Artist in 2011. He 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 Black Box, Belfast; Summerhall, Edinburgh; Tramway, Glasgow; Square Chapel Arts, Halifax; Eden Court, Inverness; Opera North, Leeds; Kings Place, London; Horsecross, Perth; Tolbooth, Stirling, and St Magnus Festival, Orkney.

Further afield Armstrong’s work has been shown at De Singel, Antwerp; WOMADelaide, Botanic Park, Adelaide, Melbourne Recital Centre and St Mary’s Cathedral, Sydney, Australia; November Music, Den Bosch; Grand Theatre, Groningen and Rotterdamse Schouwburg during Operadagen and, National Theater and Concert Hall in Taipei, Taiwan.