Director of Playground Theatricals

Director of Playground Theatricals
Jo Cattell

Jo Cattell is a producer/director/writer who has worked in theatre and television in the UK, Germany, France, Canada and the USA. She currently works with Collaboraction in Chicago as Managing Director, as well as Resident Director for terraNOVA Collective in Chicago and New York City. Jo’s main focus as a director has been on developing new writing. She has been working with Juan Villa on his new play, DON CHIPOTLE for production in 2015 for nearly two years, Isaac Gomez on his play LA RUTA and Andrea Lepcio on ME YOU US THEM, which was recently given a workshop presentation at Cherry Lane, NYC. She is also working with dandypunk and Darin Basile on HEARTCORPS, which has been invited to Sundance 2016. She recently developed BOOMERS MILLENNIAL HERO STORY by Steve DiUbaldo for a workshop presentation at A Red Orchid Theatre and was Script Consultant on RADIANT BABY, the Keith Haring musical for The Public Theatre, NYC. She has directed for Origin Theatre Company, 1st Irish Theatre Festival, terraNOVA Collective, Leviathan Lab and was co-founder and Producing Artistic Director of BNTA in Las Vegas; she developed and directed SKYSCRAPING by Tim Stimpson for Net Curtain Theatre Company, which premiered at London’s Soho Theatre Studio and was then transferred to the Southwark Playhouse; assisted Theresa Heskins on Tony nominated playwright, Bryony Lavery’s PRECIOUS BANE, for Pentabus Theatre; co-wrote and directed sketch comedy for the BBC; directed the first digital art installation for Canterbury Cathedral, 18:1-7 with C2atelyst Productions, UK; worked with at-risk youth for Grassmarket Project productions at Rutherglen Town Hall, Glasgow and The Roundhouse, London, staring David Harewood, and she was also Acting Coach for Cirque du Soleil on The Beatles LOVE, Las Vegas. With a background in dance, she has taught at the famed Pineapple Dance Studios in London, as well as choreographed and created physical theatre shows in London and Las Vegas. On the producing side, her experience has included working for SFX Theatricals, Clear Channel Entertainment, Sky Television, and NAMCO, on shows such as Fosse, Chicago the Musical, Tap Dogs, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Bombay Dreams and a series of award winning television documentaries on David Beckham, Michael Owen, Dwight Yorke, & Jamie Rednapp.

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