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 Idiomatic Arts: Ubu Ekzotika. For Zeeko: The Whale and the Curlew. For Betoota Advocate/TEG Dainty/NICE Events: The Betoota Advocate Roadshow. For Belvoir/Sydney Opera House/Arts Centre Melbourne: Ruby’s Wish. For Steps and Holes/Sydney Fringe: Le Voyage. For Eternity Playhouse: Small Mouth Sounds, The Hypochondriac, Deathtrap. For City Recital Hall: Puss in Boots. For Darwin Festival: Prison Songs. For the Enmore Theatre: Avenue Q. For Bell Shakespeare: Macbeth Undone. For Kay and McLean: The Graduate, My First Time, Waiting for Godot (Assistant Director). For NIDA: 2014 Graduate’s Showcase. For Sydney Opera House: Peter and the Wolf, Darlingwood Tales. For Riverside and Clockfire: The Grief Parlour. For Sydney Theatre Company (Ed): Fools Island, Stolen (Workshop). For Poetry In Action: Rhyme and Punishment, The Citizenship Test. For CDP Theatre Productions: Snugglepot & Cuddlepie (Creative Development). For Tamarama Rock Surfers and Critical Stages: The Jinglists. For MakeBElive and Old Fitzroy: Cubbyhouse. For Darlinghurst Theatre: Don’t Stare too Much!, Mademoiselle Fif, The No Chance in Hell Hotel. For ATYP: House on Fire, Bookends, Mr Puntila and His Man Matti. For Short and Sweet: The Stallion of Death.


Nominated ‘Most Outstanding New Australian Performed Work’ Glug Awards – The Hypochondriac
Winner ‘Critics Choice’ Sydney Fringe – Le Voyage
Winner ‘Best Independent Design’ Sydney Theatre Awards – Deathtrap
Nominated ‘Best Actor’ Sydney Theatre Awards – Fools Island
Winner ‘People’s Choice Award’ Short and Sweet – The Stallion of Death
Nominated ‘Best Show for Young Audiences’ Sydney Theatre Awards – House on Fire
Ian Potter scholarship to train at Ecole Jacques Lecoq.

Writing Includes: In 2012, Jo 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 The Whale and the Curlew (Co-writer with Zeeko). 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 casually for the full time acting courses at NIDA and the Actor’s Centre.

Jo Turner (Director)

Jo Turner (Director) Credits

— Small Mouth Sounds (Darlinghurst Theatre Company)

— The Betoota Advocate Roadshow (TEG Dainty/NICE)

— Ruby’s Wish (Belvoir/Sydney Opera House/Arts Centre Melbourne)