- Performing Skills
- Australian Theatre
- Physical Theatre
- Applied Theatre
- Directing for Theatre
- contemporary cabaret performance
- auto-ethnographic performance
- physical theatre
Jo is the Discipline Leader of Drama at the University of the Sunshine Coast. With over 20 years theatrical experience, Jo is as passionate about creating new works as she is in developing the next generation of performance makers. She has extensive experience in tertiary level teaching, directing, writing, performance and research.
Jo has taught at La Trobe University (2012), The Queensland University of Technology (1999– 2011), Griffith University (2007 and 2011) and The Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts (2003–2006). Jo has a particular interest in physical theatre and has taught physical theatre workshops for Theatre Training Initiative, London, The Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble, Brisbane and Zen Zen Zo Physical Theatre, Brisbane.
Jo has completed a Doctorate in Performance Studies focused on the development of Mind Games, a solo performance based on verbatim and autoethnographic material.
As a director, Jo specialises in heightened performances with a focus on stylised movement and voice. Most recently she directed The Four Accordionists of the Apocalypse at Melbourne’s La Mama Theatre.
Jo is a member of the Arts Research in Creative Humanities research cluster at the University of the Sunshine Coast.
- The Australasian Association for Theatre, Drama and Performance Studies
- Advance Award: Advancing the Student Experience, 2014, University of the Sunshine Coast
- Lord Mayor's Creative Sparks Fellowship, 2004