Joseph Murray - 2010 Focus Workshop Tutor, Workshop Tutor 2009 Summer School
Joe Murray started his professional career performing the role of Richie Valens in “Buddy” to sell-out audiences in Auckland. From there he went on to what he still considers a highlight in his career, “Blood Brothers”, playing the not-so-fortunate Perkins, whilst covering both of the brothers, throughout Australasia. A challenge, he said, he would repeat at the drop of a hat! His musical talents didn't go unnoticed by Cameron MacIntosh, and Joe was offered another cover-role, that of Chris in “Miss Saigon”, in Sydney, Australia, earning the title of "Best Export Entertainer 1995" by Style magazine.
Deciding to take a well-earned break from musical theatre, Joe returned to NZ as a freelance actor. His theatre & TV credits include the Roger Hall play, “Love Off the Shelf”, and guest starring on the ever-popular series "Xena" & "Hercules". He also enjoyed the luxury of narrating cultural stories to original music played by the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra, throughout New Zealand. Joe then accepted the offer to go to Hamburg, Germany, to play Munkustrap & Rum Tum Tugger in “CATS” - "I wanted to learn how to dance before I got too old!" he laughs. Having grasped the idea of choreography & movement in general, he enjoyed the challenge of putting that together with taking his clothes off, stripping in the outrageously funny "Ladies Night", playing the role of Barry - auf Deutsch.
Joe remained in Germany, co-creating and performing in the pop-group “ATC”, earning 9 Gold & 3 Platinum records, throughout Eastern & Western Europe, Asia, Australia & America. Joe then moved to Italy, returning to acting with a vengeance, starring in the Italian box-office hit “Passo A Due”, as Argentinean Tango dancer, Luis. He found his niche in the film scene in Rome, with roles in varying film genres. From the Devil, in the two-hander Ital/Swiss art-house film “Transfert”, to Alex, a happy-go-lucky student who unwittingly finds himself robbing a bank payroll, in the thriller “Hell's Gate”. Recently shown on Italian TV “Coco Chanel”, the life story of the fashion legend, Joe was thrilled to work with Shirley McLaine & Malcolm McDowell . Also recently released - “Go-Go Tales”, by acclaimed director Abel Ferrara, starring Wilhem DaFoe and Bob Hoskins.
Having spent some of 2008 in NZ, Joe returned to Italy to star in the television series "Piper", and is currently filming with Robert Englund in the psycho-thriller "Sinners". Soon to start filming "The Shadow" with acclaimed Italian Director, Federico Zampaiglione.