Josh Belperio | Associate Producer, Writer, Composer and Performer
Josh Belperio is a composer, performer, writer, conductor, pianist, teacher and humanist. His anthem for queer rights during the Australian Postal Plebiscite, Dear Malcolm Turnbull, received over 200,000 views across social media platforms, and helped raise over $3,000 for QLife – counselling service for LGBTQIA+ Australians. Josh is currently touring his original cabaret show, Scarred For Life, across Australia. Since its sold out premiere season, it was awarded Best Cabaret at the Adelaide Fringe Weekly Awards, and has received multiple five star reviews. Josh is a two-time recipient of the Helpmann regular grant, which has supported him to study cabaret with Michael Griffiths, Amelia Ryan and Rosanne Hosking, and to present his second show, 30,000 Notes. In the leadup to that show, Josh has also received the Helpmann Elevate Mentorship to study with playwright Emily Steel and classical conductor/composer Carl Crossin. Josh holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Composition from the Elder Conservatorium, and during his studies has had his music performed by the Elder Conservatorium Chorale, the Young Voices of Melbourne and the Canberra Youth Orchestra (a performance which he also conducted). He has studied under local composers Graeme Koehne OA and Dr Anne Cawrse, and undergone brief periods of study with interstate composers Paul Stanhope, James Ledger and Iain Grandage. A winner of Artology’s Fanfare Competition, Josh has had his music recorded by the Australian Youth Orchestra, for broadcast in the Sydney Opera House foyer. Josh works at Tutti Arts – organisation for young artists with an intellectual disability – where he has collaborated with pop girlband The Sisters of Invention, and with a select group on a new musical. As a musical theatre writer, Josh has been awarded a $10,000 Carclew Project and Development Grant, which funded the first development of a new musical, held in the Dunstan Playhouse, 2016.
Visit Josh at www.joshbelperio.com