Jo is an award winning performance maker and educator, and is currently the Discipline Leader of Drama. Jo has worked as an actor, director, writer and cabaret performer. She has performed her original cabaret shows for The Brisbane Cabaret Festival, The Brisbane Festival, and The Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She most recently appeared as an actor in Steven Mitchell Wright’s Salome (Awkward Conversation Festival, Metro Arts). She has directed for Burning Deck Theatre (La Mama Theatre, Melbourne), The Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble, QUT and USC. Jo is passionate about Physical Theatre and has trained with The Suzuki Company of Toga (Japan) and Oz Frank Theatre (Brisbane).
As an actor with Oz Frank Theatre Jo performed the roles of Lady Macbeth, Jocasta (Oedipus), Gertrude (Hamlet), Eurydice (Orpheus) and Herodias (Salome). Highlights with the company include performances for Tadashi Suzuki’s Theatre Festivals in Japan and a National Tour. In 2004, Jo was awarded The Lord Mayor’s Fellowship for her contributions to Physical Theatre in Brisbane. Jo has taught at La Trobe University, QUT, Griffith University, The Aboriginal Centre for Performing Arts (Brisbane) and has led Physical Theatre workshops for Zen Zen Zo (Brisbane), Theatre Training Initiative (London) and the Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble. She currently runs masterclasses in the Suzuki actor training method at USC. In 2014, Jo received an Advance Award for her work in establishing USC Theatre, a company that showcases the work of USC Drama students. Since 2014, Jo has led the Acting 4 Health project, an innovative research project in which Drama students are engaged as simulated patients for learning events within Nursing and Midwifery.
In 2016, Jo completed a Masterclass in Sydney with Howard Fine, one of the world’s leading acting coaches.
Jo is a member of the Arts Research in Creative Humanities research cluster at USC. Jo’s practice-led research is focused on exploring social issues through heightened performance forms. She is currently co-writing a play with Dr Ginna Brock investigating the asylum seeker experience through the lens of Ancient Greek tragedy.
- The Australasian Association for Theatre, Drama and Performance Studies
- Advance Award: Advancing the Student Experience, 2014, USC
- Lord Mayor's Creative Sparks Fellowship, 2004
Top director to lead new Performing Arts degree
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Drama graduate wins job at Kirribilli theatre
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USC Theatre production to open to sell-out crowd
University of the Sunshine Coast Drama students are ready to hit the stage tomorrow night in a sold-out opening performance of the classic Australian play ‘Away’.