Jo is a performance maker and educator, and the program coordinator of the BCI (Theatre and Performance). She has worked as an actor, director, writer and cabaret performer. She created and performed cabaret shows for The Brisbane Cabaret Festival, The Brisbane Festival, and The Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She has directed for Burning Deck Theatre (La Mama Theatre, Melbourne), The Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble, QUT and USC. Jo has trained with: Kristin Linklater, the Suzuki Company of Toga, Howard Fine, and Shakespeare & Company. Initiative (London) and the Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble. She has completed a PhD in cabaret performance and an MA on applications of the Suzuki method.
- The Australasian Association for Theatre, Drama and Performance Studies
- Lord Mayor's Creative Sparks Fellowship, 2004
Current research projects
- Since 2014, Jo has led the Acting 4 Health research project, in which Theatre and Performance students play simulated patients for learning events within Nursing and Midwifery.
Top director to lead new Performing Arts degree
The University of the Sunshine Coast is set to introduce a new postgraduate Performing Arts degree, led by the founder of the award-winning Zen Zen Zo Physical Theatre.
New USC drama group to stage experimental works
Original, experimental theatrical works are to be staged at the University of the Sunshine Coast following the launch of a new student drama association.
Drama graduate wins job at Kirribilli theatre
A University of the Sunshine Coast Arts student who “fell in love with stage management” during her Drama major has won a coveted role with the prestigious Ensemble Theatre in Kirribilli, Sydney.
Acclaimed actor Rachael Maza to visit USC
University of the Sunshine Coast students and staff will have the opportunity to meet one of the country’s top actors and arts makers on Tuesday 26 April.
Call for more sex, drugs and rock ’n’ roll on stage
A leading New Zealand-based theatre director and playwright is delving into the science of the future as part of a Doctorate of Creative Arts at the University of the Sunshine Coast.
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’.