Joey Ruigrok van der Werven

Joey Ruigrok van der Werven is a freelance designer and director of visual, physical and spectacle theatre, for unusual places and special occasions, often for very large audiences. He invites ordinary people into the creation process, allowing them to write, design or just be practical. His worlds are a mix of performance, structures, lights, sounds, machinery and sensory elements. He has designed and devised for Stalker, Marrugeku, Urban Theatre Projects, Legs on the Wall, Gravity Feed, Erth, Performance Space and for many independent works such as: designer and co-writer of “Dream Masons in Hobart; director of his own “Volta” at Carriage Works; designer and co-writer of “FireWater” for SHFA and VIVID; designer of 2012/15 Perth International Arts Festival Garden; director and designer of 2 Woodford Folk Festival “Fire Events; designer and writer of “The Finale” for Canberra’s Centenary Celebrations and designer of the Adelaide Festival Club, “Lola’s Pergola”. Joey moved in 2014 to Mullumbimby, NSW, where he is developing regional touring spectacle “Round-Up” for the Northern Rivers and beyond, and large-scale community spectacle ‘Beach” for the Gold Coast, aimed for CG2018.

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