Jo works as a writer, theatre maker, director and actor across a wide range of theatre, film and tv. He is a graduate of Melbourne University and the Ecole Internationale de Theatre Jacques Lecoq.
Phillip Parsons Fellowship 2017 (co-winner)
Artist in Residence, Sydney Theatre Company, playwright/director, 2012.
Ian Potter Cultural Foundation grant for Ecole Jacques Lecoq,1994.
Le Voyage, Critics Choice, Sydney Fringe 2018
Deathtrap, Best Independent Design, Sydney Theatre Awards 2016
The Stallion of Death, People’s Choice, Short and Sweet
The Thirty Nine Steps, Helpmann Award, Best Touring Production
In 2012 Jo was artist in residence at the Sydney Theatre Company where he was commissioned to write In a Heart Beat. Other playwriting credits include Ruby’s Wish (Belvoir/Sydney Opera House/Arts Centre Melbourne), Prison Songs (adaptation, Darwin Festival), 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); 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.
Original Work as Director/Devisor:
Ruby and Cuthbert 2 (KXT); The Betoota Advocate Roadshow (TEG Dainty/NICE Events); Le Voyage (Steps and Holes); Ruby’s Wish (Belvoir/Arts Centre Melbourne/Sydney Opera House); Prison Songs (Darwin Festival); The Grief Parlour (Riverside and Clockfire); Fools Island (STC); The Jinglists (TRS and Critical Stages); Cubbyhouse (TRS); Darlingwood Tales (Opera House); The No Chance in Hell Hotel (Darlinghurst and Critical Stages); Mademoiselle Fifi (Darlinghurst); Don’t Stare too Much! (Darlinghurst).
Plays as Director:
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: 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 (People’s Choice Award). For IPAC and Critical Stages: The No Chance in Hell Hotel, For Old Fitzroy: Cubbyhouse. For Darlinghurst Theatre Company: Don’t Stare too Much, Mademoiselle Fifi. For ATYP: House on Fire, Bookends, Mr Puntila and His Man Matti. For Poetry In Action: Rhyme and Punishment, The Citizenship Test
Stage: Evie May (Hayes Theatre), Antony And Cleopatra (Bell Shakespeare), The Merchant of Venice (Bell Shakespeare), Hysteria (Eternity Playhouse), Railway Wonderland (NORPA), The Incredible Book Eating Boy (CDP), The Ugly One (Griffin), Ruby Moon, Thyestes, Howard Katz (STC), The 39 Steps (Kay & McLean), The Window (Arts Asia Pacific), Weather, Somewhere: The Magical Musical of Penrith (Q Theatre), Faustus, The Caucasian Chalk Circle (Belvoir), Emma’s Nose (La Boite), Plainsong (Black Swan), The Imaginary Invalid (Ensemble).
TV: Doctor Blake, CAMP, Home and Away, All Saints, White Collar Blue.
Film: Truth, You Can’t Stop the Murders, Strangers (short) Sydney Film Festival, On Hold (short) Best Film Flickerfest, Revolt (short)
In a Heart Beat
by Jo Turner
In a Heart Beat follows the story of Jamie, a frustrated teenager with big ideas to leave his ...