Joe Dieffenbacher





Oliver! at Regents Park Open Air Theatre


Taming of the Shrew at Shakespeare's Globe


Servant of Two Masters

photos: Tsunami Photography



Clown Conservatory

photos:  Eric Gillette


photos:  Hanna de Mink

Los Payasos Mendigos


the Abbotts of Unreason


the B!G Show with Joe

photos:  Roy Beusker

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

Joe directed Circus Bone Idle's big spectacle show, OtherWorlds, featuring four curious characters telling tales from Ancient Ireland. A stuning mix of juggling, diabolo, masks, puppets, aerial silk, acrobatics and live music. [video]

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 in London, England. Directed by Caroline Byrne, the play is set in Ireland during the 1916 Rising, retelling the Bard's story with a “brave, fierce, passionate” take for the 21st century. [video]

Shows for Theatre, Cabaret, Street

As guest faculty at Coastal Carolina University, Joe directed his adaptation of Carlo Goldoni's, Servant of Two Masters. It featured the infamous Fish Dance, slapstick and comic acrobatics, inventive juggling and prop play, a talking steamer trunk and a pair of sexy aerialists dangling from a giant spaghetti noodle. [video]

Joe co-founded this popular physical theater troupe. He choreographed Los Payaso's slapstick-acrobatic sequences, directed many of the numbers in the show, wrote scripts, and served as prop, puppet and set designer. [video]

The Abbott's 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. [video]

The B!G Show was a collaboration with FISM World Champions of Magic, Scott & Muriel. The show featuried comic magic and stage illusions, a live band, dancing horses, and a ladder tango, all woven into a story of love, jealousy and magic. Joe created the three horse puppets and helped develop and direct numbers in the show. [video]

Joe is co-founder and director of this renowned touring company, whose goal is to produce theatre that is universal, comic and poetic. Joe works with artist Minna Matilda to create shows that feature masks, puppetry, physical theatre and drama. nakupelle have performed in theatres, cabarets, and arts festivals all over the world. [video]

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Joe was Stunts & Physical Theatre Director for Oliver! a new adaptation based on Charles Dickens' novel, at Regents Park Theatre in London. A pickpocket dance sequence, chase choreography with a 4 m. ladder, character physicality, mask work and prop play. The Guardian called the production, "... playful, fierce and pleasingly unpatronising.” Radio Times wrote, "The transformations of the actors from character to character were part of the spectacle and compelling to watch; An ENERGETIC, CREATIVE, CLEVER interpretation”