Joseph Morgan Schofield (b. 1993, Rochdale, UK) is a performance artist and writer. Articulating their practice as ‘queer ritual action’, their work, which foregrounds the immediacy of the sweating, bleeding, wanting, sensate body, is broadly concerned with  desire, particularly in relation to ecology and futurity. They offer performance as a technology of divination; a tool in the creation of contemporary myth; a place of mourning, yearning, processing and communing.

Understanding acts of gathering and communing as central to their practice, Joseph’s work incorporates curating, producing, facilitating, mentoring and teaching. Joseph facilitates  F U T U R E R I T U A L, a performance and research project considering ritual and queer futurity, which they established with Thomas Yeomans in 2017, and co-produces move close, with Es Morgan and Sara Sassanelli, and Live Art Club [London] with Phoebe Patey-Ferguson, Nicol Parkinson, Rachel Gammon and An* Neely.

They are the co-founder of VSSL studio (London, UK) and the Assistant Director of ]performance s p a c e[ (Folkestone, UK). Joseph is a member of Chisenhale Dance Space (London, UK) and of the Anam Cara collective (International), and they are a frequent collaborator of Venice International Performance Art Week (Italy).

Joseph has performed throughout the UK – including at Tempting Failure, Arnolfini, Camden People’s Theatre and ]performance s p a c e[ - and Europe. Joseph works for the Live Art Development Agency in a part time capacity.

As a collaborator and performer, Joseph has worked with and for Es Morgan, Sara Sassanelli, John King, Kate Stonestreet, VestAndPage, Benjamin Sebastian, Martin O’Brien, Nat Norland, hancock and kelly live, David Hoyle and Neil Bartlett.







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