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 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.

Awards/Nominations:
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

Jo Turner (Director)

Jo Turner (Director) Credits

— Ruby's Wish (CompanyB/MakeBElive)

— The Graduate (Kay & McLean)

— Fools Island (STC Education)