Designs for performance and production

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Joshua Russell Tillman (*1986) is a Germany-based  designer for stage, expos, and installations from Seattle, WA.

After graduating Cornish College of the Arts with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Performance Production, he pursued a career in performance design, stage technology, and performance production.

Starting out as a sound and lighting engineer for venues in the Seattle area, his skills were demonstrated at Seattle Musical Theatre as the resident sound designer from 2009 through 2011.  He then moved to a larger production company, Village Theatre, where he resided as the Master Sound Engineer until 2013. Alongside his theatre positions, Joshua worked in various capacities in technical fields around the Puget Sound region, gaining substantial experience in event technology.

Upon moving to Germany in 2013, Joshua has been seeking to provide independent contract work in exhibit, expo, and production design, offering complete solutions for event and stage productions of all kinds. Since 2014, J.R. Tillman Design has been successfully collaborating with several U.S. design companies, such as Scenografique and Curious Beast, working on designs for large-scale events, including clients such as Citrix, GitHub, Experience Music Project, Vulcan Inc., Microsoft, and Paypal.

Complementing his work as a designer, Joshua took on the lighting direction for New York Harlem Productions’ Porgy and Bess Germany Tour 2016, touring distinct venues throughout the country, such as the  Semperoper Dresden, Staatsoper Hamburg, and the Kölner Philharmonie. Joshua's engagement with New York Harlem Productions continues in 2017 with tours through Israel and Italy.

Projects With


New York Harlem Productions


Curious Beast

Splinter Group

Romy Kuhn

William Barkhymer

Cammerspiele Leipzig

Village Theater

Performance Sound


Krystallpalast Varieté

Freehold Theatre

Village Theater

Seattle Musical Theater

Mountain Sound

Refugee Women's Alliance



Kyra Steckeweh

Projects for



Vulcan Inc.








Experience Music Project



KIRO Live!

Seattle Folklife Festival

Seattle International Film Festival

Senator McCain Election Campaign

Gene Juarez


Phone: +49 171 5257781
Skype: joshua.russell.tillman

latest projects

May 2017

  • Lighting Director for New York Harlem Productions' "Porgy and Bess" Italy 2017 Tour


February 2017

  • Stage design for Krystallpalast Varieté's Schwerelos
  • Lighting Director for New York Harlem Productions' "Porgy and Bess" Israel 2017 Tour
  • Designing GitHub Universe 2017 in collaboration with Scenografique
  • Designing Citrix Synergy 2017 in collaboration with Scenografique


January 2017

  • Designing E2 Conference in collaboration with Scenografique


November 2016

  • Exhibit design completion in collaboration with Curious Beast for The Living Computer Museum in Seattle, Washington


July 2016

  • Lighting Director for New York Harlem Productions' "Porgy and Bess" Germany 2016 Tour
  • Stage design for Krystallpalast Varieté's Mann-oh-Mann


February 2016

  • Designing Citrix Synergy 2016 in collaboration with Scenografique


January 2016

  • Designing for Github Universe 2016 in collaboration with Scenografique