Joseph Mercurio was born in Melbourne and raised in Fremantle, Western Australia. As part of the Mercurio dynasty his exposure to the entertainment industry commenced at an early age. Following his sister Connie, into ballet at age six triggered his fascination with dance. He decided to leave the barrel rolls to his brother Paul and moved into Lighting Design. At age sixteen one of his first jobs was for Swy Theatre Company with his brother Michael, who was a founding member.
Joseph's career has spanned the entire entertainment scope. Working predominantly in lighting for dance and dance theatre, rock and roll, film, television, drama, and corporate shows. Lighting and the manipulation of light has fuelled Joseph's passion for his career, it is not only what you see but also what is concealed that fascinates him. Joseph moved to Sydney in 1993 working worldwide across a broad range of styles collaborating with some of Australia's leading choreographers including Stephen Page, The Australian Ballet, Sue Healey, Phillip Adams, Natalie Weir, Antonio Vargas, Fieldworks, Anna Smith, Jason Pitt, Liz Lea and Albert David. Joseph was an integral part of Bangarra Dance Theatre's rise to prominence as Lighting Designer on Praying Mantis, Dreaming, Ninni, Ochres, Alchemy and Fish.
In 1998 with generous support from the Australia Council, Joseph attended the British Council International Seminar on Lighting Design. In 1999 Joseph continued with his work in the dance world on the Australian Dance Awards, Bodies Dance Festival and The Last Princess as well as a renewed focus on drama through Alive at Williamstown Pier for the Griffin and State of Shock in Wagga Wagga, Adelaide and Sydney. He was Lighting Designer for both the Olympic Arts Festivals (1996 and 2000) and Lighting Designer (Props) for Closing Ceremony of the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. Drama credits include engagements with; Noel Tovey, Francesca Smith, David Berthold, and The Seymour Group. He has designed for Black Swan Theatre Company, DeckChair Theatre Company, public events of the 2005 Perth Festival and for the WA Ballet.
Joseph was the Course Co-ordinator for Lighting Design at WAAPA from 2004 to 2008. In 2008 he joined Light Application and was Lighting Designer on a number of architectural projects in Perth including: City of Perth Christmas lighting 2008, St Thomas Moore College La Pieta statue, Glass Block new office facade lighting and Subiaco Lighting Enhancement Project seven sites in the Subiaco CBD. Joseph worked with Tasdance in 2000 for HYPER_mobile, Ripple Effect in 2002 and Heart Matters in 2010.