Jo has taught voice, movement, and acting in tertiary settings for over twenty years and specialises in Linklater voice and the Suzuki actor training method. She has taught for USC, WAAPA, QUT, Griffith University, La Trobe University, The Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts and Zen Zen Zo Physical Theatre. She has trained with Kristin Linklater, The Suzuki Company of Toga, Howard Fine, Shakespeare & Company, Pantheatre (France), and P3/East (Seattle). From 2013 – 2019, Jo established and led the development of the Theatre and Performance major at USC.
Jo has worked in the independent performance sector for over 25 years as an actor, director and cabaret writer/ performer and is a recipient of The Brisbane Lord Mayor’s Performing Arts Fellowship. Career highlights include performances for Tadashi Suzuki’s Theatre Festivals in Japan, The Brisbane Festival, The Brisbane Cabaret Festival and The Brisbane Powerhouse with companies including The Danger Ensemble, Oz Frank and The Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble.
Jo has a PhD in cabaret performance and a Masters on applications of the Suzuki actor training method. Since 2018, Jo has been developing ways to combine the strengths of Linklater and Suzuki techniques through practically based research projects with Associate Professor Rob Pensalfini (UQ) and Dr Jeremy Neideck (WAAPA). She is currently on the pathway to Designation as a Linklater teacher.