Having worked as a playwright and director in the community theatre sector in Dublin, Jo relocated to Belfast in 1996. In the following eighteen years she worked in and with communities that experienced the worst of the Troubles – not only creating theatre but also facilitating drama and creative writing workshops, as well as creating accredited training programmes for community, health and education workers interested in using arts practice in their work.
Jo’s MFA (Playwriting) at Trinity College Dublin (Lir Academy) involved the study of contemporary theatre practice, dramaturgy and playwriting. A background in creating site-specific work has influenced her interest in the design and form of new writing for performance. Since moving to Belfast in 1996, she has written also individually as well as collaboratively, for professional and community theatre companies.
Jo works as a freelance producer on community and professional theatre projects. She was Creative Producer for KABOSH Productions from 2005 – 20