Jo Turner

Jo is a writer, director, theatre maker and actor. He’s a graduate of Melbourne University and the Ecole Jacques Lecoq.

His writing includes: Stage:The Girl Who Glows; Ruby’s Wish (Belvoir); In a Heart Beat (Playlab, STC); Prison Songs (adaptation for Darwin Festival); Max Remy Super Spy (ATYP)Ishmael and the Return of the Dugongs (ATYP). Jo was co-writer of the 2013 Helpmann Awards ceremony with Eddie Perfect.

Recent Writing Residencies/Awards: Phillip Parsons Fellowship 2017 (co-winner)

His original works as director/devisor include: The Girl Who Glows; UBU EKZOTICA (in development); 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 (Clockfire); Fools Island (STC); The Jinglists, Cubbyhouse (TRS); Darlingwood Tales (Opera House); The No Chance in Hell Hotel, Mademoiselle Fifi, Don’t Stare too Much! (Darlinghurst).

Recent plays as Director include: Small Mouth Sounds, The Hypochondriac, Deathtrap (Eternity Playhouse). Puss in Boots (City Recital Hall). Avenue Q (Enmore); The Graduate, My First Time (Kay and McLean ); Peter and the Wolf (Opera House); Stolen (Workshop, STC Ed)

Recent acting credits include: Stage: Evie May (Hayes); Antony And Cleopatra, The Merchant of Venice (Bell); Hysteria (Eternity); 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); The Caucasian Chalk Circle (Belvoir); Emma’s Nose (La Boite); Plainsong (Black Swan); The Imaginary Invalid (Ensemble).

Film: Truth, You Can’t Stop the Murders, Strangers (short) SFF finalist, On Hold (short) Best Film Flickerfest. TV: Doctor Blake, CAMP, Home and Away, All Saints, Doctor Blake, CAMP, Home and Away, All Saints, White Collar Blue

Recent Residencies/Awards: Artist in Residence, Sydney Theatre Company, playwright/director, 2012.

Projects on file

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Shane & Cathryn Brennan Prize Finalist


  • Drama
  • Comedy

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