Jo is Artistic Director/CEO of The Performance Corporation, and Director of Carlow Arts Festival. Her work has won plaudits and awards internationally and nationally including a number of Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards. Current work includes directing a new work for the Abbey as part of their upcoming 14 Voices from the Bloody Field. Upcoming directing work in the Virtual Reality field includes Traction – a VR/Community/Opera work for Irish National Opera over 3 years. For The Performance Corporation she is working on a live performance/VR project for Dublin Theatre Festival and EXPO 2021 in Dubai. Recent work includes directing Bingo Wings - a theatre/aerial dance show for Fidget Feet, as well as Curator for the Prague Quadrennial Design Exhibition through the creation of a VR film which also was exhibited at the Dublin Theatre Festival and Belfast Festival.
Other recent work for The Performance Corporation includes The Table, and Expedition - the Symposium, presented as part of FUSE at the Vancouver Art Gallery as well as Dublin Theatre Festival, a national tour of The Dead – a New Opera based on the James Joyce short story. In 2013 she founded and curated the BIG House Festival - Ireland's first site-specific arts festival which was awarded the ERIC for Best Irish Festival. She was Artistic Director of 2014 Bram Stoker Festival Dublin which also won the Best Festival ERIC. She founded The SPACE Programme - Ireland’s longest running multi-disciplinary international artists residency with a current focus on Arts and Technology. Other work includes Creative Consultancy for organisations including What Next? the UK arts advocacy group, the Abbey Theatre and National Museum of Ireland. Jo also curated the Theatre Forum conference in 2015 and worked as International Programmer for Limerick City of Culture, where the highlights of her programme included Royal de Luxe. Jo is a Clore Cultural Leadership Fellow, and with that worked at the Barbican Arts Centre as well as the Irish Department of Arts Heritage and the Gaeltacht. She has served on many boards, including as Chair of the National Campaign for the Arts.
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