Joshua W. Kelley is a DC-based theatre director whose ultimate aim is to transform the "play" into a spectator sport where naturalism, symbolism, and ritual collide to explode a story's meaning. This goal is achieved at the intersection of innovative and immersive design, a deliberate use of space and movement vocabulary, and emotionally grounded performances.
Joshua's work has been described as intelligent and precise, but also adventerous, imaginative, and boldly theatrical. He is passionate about uncovering a contemporary American mythology that helps us get to know ourselves, recognize our shared humanity, and engage in a meaningful dialgoue about this world and our place in it.
Reflected in both his choice of material and distinctive approach/aesthetic is a firm belief in the transformative powers of theatrical storytelling - immediate, visceral encounters with story possessing the unique ability to provoke profound awakenings in an audience.
With a focus on new play development and production, revisiting the "contemporary classics," and collaboratively generating original devised works, Joshua is an artistic leader driven to create meaningful experiences within American communities.