Jo Turner (Director)
Jo works as a director, writer, dramaturg and actor. He is a graduate of Melbourne University and the Ecole Jacques Lecoq. As a director he has particularly specialised in new work, both written and devised, but loves a bit of good commercial theatre as well.
Directing includes: For City Recital Hall: Puss in Boots. For Poetry In Action: The Citizenship Test. For CDP Theatre Productions: Snugglepot & Cuddlepie (Creative Development) For Darwin Festival: Prison Songs. For the Enmore Theatre: Avenue Q. For Eternity Playhouse: Deathtrap. For Bell: Macbeth Undone. For Belvoir and MAKEbeLIVE: Ruby’s Wish. For Kay and McLean: The Graduate, My First Time, Waiting for Godot – (Assistant Director/Casting). For NIDA: 2014 Graduate’s Showcase. For Sydney Opera House: Peter and the Wolf, Darlingwood Tales. For Riverside: The Grief Parlour. For STC (Ed) and Tamarama Rock Surfers: Fools Island, For STC Ed: Stolen (Workshop), For TRS and Critical Stages: The Jinglists, For Short and Sweet and Darlinghurst: The Stallion of Death. For IPAC and Critical Stages: The No Chance in Hell Hotel, For Old Fitzroy: Cubbyhouse. For ATYP: House on Fire, Bookends, Mr Puntila and His Man Matti.
In 2012, he was artist in residence at the Sydney Theatre Company where he was commissioned to write In a Heart Beat (Playlab 2014). Other writing credits include Prison Songs (adaptation, Darwin Festival), Ruby’s Wish (Belvoir), Max Remy – In Search of the Time and Space Machine (Australian Theatre for Young People), Ishmael and the Return of the Dugongs (ATYP and Riverside); The Window (co-author) (Arts Asia Pacific); Mademoiselle Fifi (Darlinghurst Theatre); Bookends (ATYP and Sydney Writers Festival); Don’t Stare Too Much! (Darlinghurst Theatre) and Dead on the Ground (co-author) (hoipolloi UK). Jo was also co-writer of the 2013 Helpmann Awards ceremony with Eddie Perfect.
Jo also teaches at NIDA and the Actor’s Centre.
Ian Potter Cultural Foundation scholarship to train at Ecole Jacques Lecoq.
Best Show for Young Audiences (Sydney Critics nominee) – House on Fire
Best Actor (Sydney Critics nominee) – Fools Island
Winner People’s Choice Award Short and Sweet – The Stallion of Death