Joy Cosculluela

Joy Cosculluela

TUK Level 2 Faculty

Teaches the student lab and mentor module on the EU Level 2 Hybrid training for Tamalpa UK students.

Joy is a performing artist/ director, somatic educator, and a lover of stories that speak of shared and diverse human experiences. As a Filipino immigrant living in the US, she navigates themes of home, belonging, and unlearning the narratives of colonisation. Joy’s practice is rooted in embodied collaboration, the ways we are connected with each other, with land, and ancestors.

She believes in creating rituals and new stories to awaken, heal, and reimagine relationships with self, others, and earth. Joy has performed with Anna Halprin in Seasons/Awaken, Spirit of Place, and the seminal work Parades and Changes. Joy founded the Wayfinding Performance Group, a multicultural ensemble in the Bay Area, and has produced and directed full-length dance-theatre performances such as Homing Devices, a piece exploring stories of home; All That Remains, a journey of loss and resilience; The Space Between, a multi-media performance on immigrants’ narratives of belonging.

She has presented Soil, a dance installation for the Urban x Indigenous Festival, to honour survival amidst colonisation. Joy has collaborated and performed with numerous Bay Area artists. She has presented at SF’s fury factory festival, CIIS Performance-Making Theatre, Body- Mind Centering Conference, and ISMETA Conference. She appears as lead artist in Daria Martin’s film Minotaur. She is director of Performance Lab SF and works with students to present dances of self-discovery and expression. She is co-director of EAR to the Ground Productions and has created street performances for the SF Women’s March. She is in the core faculty at Tamalpa Institute in California. Joy holds an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College.