Jo is CEO/Artistic Director of the company she co-founded The Performance Corporation. She is also Director of Carlow Arts Festival and Chair of the National Campaign for the Arts.
Jo’s most recent directing work for The Performance Corporation included a series of performances presented as part of FUSE at the Vancouver Art Gallery, a national tour of The Dead – a New Opera based on the James Joyce short story, and with Boca del Lupo (Vancouver) Expedition. She also directed Wild Sky on National tour and in New York’s Irish Arts Center.
In 2013 she founded and curated the BIG House Festival – Irelands first ever site-specific arts festival awarded the ERIC for Best Irish Festival 2013. She was Artistic Director of 2014 Bram Stoker Festival Dublin also winner of the ERIC for Best Irish Festival. Other work includes Creative Consultancy for organisations including the Abbey Theatre and National Museum of Ireland, curating the Theatre Forum conference in 2015 and working as International Programmer for Limerick City of Culture, where the highlights of her progamme included Royal de Luxe.
Her work has won plaudits and awards internationally and nationally including a number of Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards comprising Best Director and Best Production nominations. In 2011/12 Jo was awarded the Jerome Hynes Clore Cultural Leadership Fellowship part of which saw her working at the Barbican Arts Centre as well as the Irish Department of Arts.
Tom Swift, Writer
Tom has worked as a playwright and screenwriter since 2002. He has worked closely with The Performance Corporation, which has produced many of his plays including Candide (Best Adaptation, Irish Times/ESB Irish Theatre Awards 2002; Best Production, Dublin Fringe Festival 2002), The 7 Deadly Sins, The Butterfly Ranch (Stewart Parker Trust nominee 2004), Dr. Ledbetter’s Experiment (Kilkenny Arts Festival and Traverse Theatre Edinburgh Fringe Festival) a Best Production nominee in the Irish Times/ESB Irish Theatre Awards, The Yokohama Delegation (Kilkenny Arts Festival 2005) and Drive-By (Cork Midsummer Festival and Dublin Fringe Festival 2006). In 2005 he was invited to Kenya to write Paka for The Performance Corporation and The Amani People’s Theatre. It was staged in Nairobi and Mombassa.
Recent work includes the live-text multidisciplinary performance piece Cool Fresh Milk in Berlin’s Electronic Church and at Darklight Festival Dublin, Power Point at the Dublin Absolut Fringe Festival, the award-winning The Nose at Project Arts Centre and Beware of the Storybook Wolves for the Ark. Tom’s short play The Other Woman was part of Fishamble Theatre Company’s Whereabouts project (winner of the Judges’ Prize in the 2006 Irish Times Theatre Awards). His radio play The Flying Dutchman of Iniskill (RTÉ Lyric FM and The Performance Corporation), was nominated for Best Radio Drama at the PPI National Radio Awards 2008. His short film Brixton Bob was shown at the 2008 Cork Film Festival and A Life, co-written with Jo Mangan was screened at the Galway Film Fleadh. Current work includes commissions from The Abbey Theatre and The National Association for Youth Drama. Earlier this year Tom was and artist-in-residence at the Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris.