Jo is a Freelance Creative Producer and Artistic Director. Jo is currently studying towards an MA in Creative Producing at Bath Spa University and has a BA in Drama with Creative Writing from Bristol’s UWE. Jo is Founder and Artistic Director of contemporary performance collective Up The Ante, Associate Producer for Bath Spa Productions, and a founding member of Aurora UK. Jo has also worked as a Drama Facilitator with adults as well as young people of all ages in schools, stage schools and alternative education environments. Jo is LGBT, has a great sense of humour, and is passionate about creating bold and refreshing contemporary performance. Jo has trained with Diverse City, Frantic Assembly, and has recently worked with Wise Children.
Jo has produced Radiant Vermin (2019) with Aurora UK and director Niklas Aarre as part of Sparkfest Bath, Continuum (2019) with Bath Spa Productions and director Lizzie Franks, is also in the process of producing Witchfairy with director Amy Draper. With Up The Ante, Jo has most recently produced Intersect (2018) with street theatre company Irrational Behaviour and director Kara Wheatley at Arnolfini and Auguste and The Moon (2016) with director Eduardo Jõao Gama at the Trinity Centre’s Fyfe Hall. Jo’s work often utilises a collaborative approach and has integrated projections, film, animation and music into past productions.
Jo’s work as a Facilitator has included work with Stagecoach Performing Arts Schools in Bristol and Keynsham, Bristol Academy of Drama (for whom Jo also currently works as Website Administrator), the Bristol Shakespeare Festival and Bigfoot Arts Education, Jo has worked across a number of schools in Bristol and the surrounding area for over a decade. Jo has lead workshops and classes, directing productions and provided educational assemblies. With Adults, Jo has facilitated many workshops with Up The Ante, including The Actor’s Playdate series.