Joel Sturrock is an actor, dancer and award winning choreographer and producer. An alumnus of Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet School and the Canadian College of Performing Arts, he completed a choreography mentorship under director/choreographer Jacques Lemay. Joel has since worked across North America and Europe as a performer, choreographer, dance consultant and movement coach.
Most notably you can see Joel’s work as movement consultant for the box office hit ‘Star Trek: Beyond’, working alongside creative consultant and acting coach Andrew McIlroy. He was also honoured with the Jessie Richardson Award for Outstanding Choreography and Movement Direction for his work on Tender Napalm. Other award winning projects and festival favourites include Bomb-itty of Errors (Arts Club), Bravofact’s ‘The Dancing Cop’ (Official Selection TIFF 2012), MTV Live, and feature films ‘Afterparty’ with Sociable Films and Edweard.
Joel is no stranger to the screen, appearing on such shows as ‘DC’s Legends of Tomorrow’, ‘Dirk Gently’, ‘iZombie’, ‘Rogue’, ‘Supernatural’, ‘MTV LIVE’, ‘Percy Jackson and the Olympians’ and motion capture roles in Night in The Museum 3’, ‘Warcraft’, and ‘Monster Trucks’. He has appeared on stage across the globe in such shows as Tony Award nominee Johnny Tartaglia’s Ad-Liberty, Rosie O’Donnell’s Our Family Opening onboard Norwegian Cruise Lines, Beauty & The Beast (Arts Club), MOVE: The Company and North American tours of The Nutcracker Suite.
Joel is the proud co-creator and head choreographer of the award winning series, ‘The True Heroines’ and its critically acclaimed live cabaret. Named ‘What to Watch’ by USA Today, the series went on to garner a Leo Award, Best Canadian Web Series Award and a Canadian Screen Award nomination among others and was acquired by HULU Plus for distribution.
He spearheaded and is the head movement consultant for Premiere Talent Management’s Movement & Dance Division which represents some of Canada’s top dance talent including Royal Winnipeg Ballet Principal Dancer Jo-Ann Sundermeier.
Taking part in the education and development of the next generation of movement storytellers is of great importance to Joel. For the past 4 seasons he has been the co-choreographer of Project Limelight, www.projectlimelight.com, a free theatre program for youth of the Vancouver downtown east side and recently took part in Step It Up NYC, a youth engagement program fusing the passion to move with the drive to create change.
He is also honoured to be a guest faculty member of the Canadian Dance Teachers Association, Vancouver Film School, McIlroy & Associates and the Vancouver Acting School. Joel is a writer participant in the inaugural Sundance Collab Screenwriting Intensive and a staff writer for GB Group Creative. Joel currently splits his time between New York City and Vancouver, Canada where he continues to produce and work in film and theatre. www.joelsturrock.com