Jo Byron

Creative Producer

About

 

Jo is a Freelance Creative Producer and Artistic Director. Jo is currently studying towards an MA in Creative Producing at Bath Spa University and has a BA in Drama with Creative Writing from Bristol’s UWE. Jo is Founder and Artistic Director of contemporary performance collective Up The Ante, Associate Producer for Bath Spa Productions, and a founding member of Aurora UK. Jo has also worked as a Drama Facilitator with adults as well as young people of all ages in schools, stage schools and alternative education environments. Jo is LGBT, has a great sense of humour, and is passionate about creating bold and refreshing contemporary performance. Jo has trained with Diverse City, Frantic Assembly, and has recently worked with Wise Children.

 

Jo has produced Radiant Vermin (2019) with Aurora UK and director Niklas Aarre as part of Sparkfest Bath, Continuum (2019) with Bath Spa Productions and director Lizzie Franks, is also in the process of producing Witchfairy with director Amy Draper. With Up The Ante, Jo has most recently produced Intersect (2018) with street theatre company Irrational Behaviour and director Kara Wheatley at Arnolfini and Auguste and The Moon (2016) with director Eduardo Jõao Gama at the Trinity Centre’s Fyfe Hall. Jo’s work often utilises a collaborative approach and has integrated projections, film, animation and music into past productions.

 

Jo’s work as a Facilitator has included work with Stagecoach Performing Arts Schools in Bristol and Keynsham, Bristol Academy of Drama (for whom Jo also currently works as Website Administrator), the Bristol Shakespeare Festival and Bigfoot Arts Education, Jo has worked across a number of schools in Bristol and the surrounding area for over a decade. Jo has lead workshops and classes, directing productions and provided educational assemblies. With Adults, Jo has facilitated many workshops with Up The Ante, including The Actor’s Playdate series.

Experience

 

Producing

Radiant Vermin by Philip Ridley Aurora UK

Sparkfest, Burdall's Yard, Bath 2019

Directed by Niklas Aarre

Continuum Bath Spa Productions

Bath University Theatre 2019

Directed by Lizzie Franks

Intersect Up The Ante with Irrational Behaviour

Arnolfini Bristol 2018

Directed by Kara Wheatley

Auguste and The Moon Up The Ante

Fyfe Hall at The Trinity Centre Bristol 2016

Directed by Eduardo João Gama

Auguste is Coming & Travelling Circus Up The Ante with Irrational Behaviour

St Nick's Market and Bristol Broadmead 2016

Directed by Eduardo João Gama & Kara Wheatley

That's Just Earl Up The Ante

Alma Tavern Bristol 2015

Directed by Stephanie Crothers

Teaching & Facilitating

 

Schools:

Bigfoot Arts Education

Drama Facilitator​ - PPA Cover, Assemblies and After-school clubs in schools throughout Bristol (all ages)

Prospero Teaching

Supply Teaching Assistant/Learning Support Assistant in schools throughout Bristol (including Pupil Referral Units)​

New Directions Education 

Supply Teaching Assistant & Nursery Assistant in schools throughout Bristol

Bristol Metropolitan Academy

Drama Teaching Assistant​ (secondary)

Stage/arts schools & clubs:

Bristol Academy of Drama 

Drama Facilitator (ages 4-16)

Stagecoach Performing Arts Schools Bristol and Keynsham 

Drama Coach (ages 5-18)

Creative Kidz Theatre Company

Drama Teacher & Director (primary)

Characters Stage School 

Drama Teacher & Director (primary)

 Tillie's School of Performing Arts

Cover Drama Teacher (all ages)

Acting Out Drama School

Cover Drama Teacher (primary)

Chango Quest

Holiday Club Drama Facilitator (primary)

Stand and Deliver Drama School

Cover Drama Teacher (all ages)

Music Go Round

Music Teacher (early years)

Gymboree Music & Play

Music Facilitator (early years)

Go Sketch

Art Teacher (primary)

Chango Music at Shambala Festival 2015

Assistant Drama, Drumming and Art facilitator (all ages, children's area)

Projects:

Off The Record's Mentality Project 

Corporate Team-Building (adults) & Residential Youth Leader & Facilitator (14-18)

Chango Lingo Drama

Workshop Leader in International Language Schools (secondary)

The Actor's Playdate, Up The Ante

Facilitator (adults)

Bristol Shakespeare Festival 2012

Youth Engagement Coordinator & Lead Facilitator 'Shakeskillz' Workshops with Learning Partnership West (secondary)

Southmead Youth Club 

Drama Teacher​ (11-14, working with Young Bristol's Arts Award)

Connexions Choices Project Alternative Education Environment

Learning Mentor (15-16)

Playspace 

Children's Party Host & Receptionist (all ages)

Stage Managing, Arts Admin and more

Stars of Magic Redgrave Theatre 2018 & 17​

Stage Manager & Marketing Administrator

Bristol Academy of Drama

Website Administrator

Insane Root Theatre Company Rumplestiltskin, The New Room Bristol 2019

Front of House

 

Wise Children Malory Towers, Passenger Shed Bristol 2019

Front of House

 

Howell Productions Nazanin's Story, Mission Theatre Bath 2018

Front of House

 

Insane Root Theatre Company Romeo & Juliet, Eastville Park Bristol 2018

Front of House

 

Bristol Shakespeare Festival Colston Hall, Pride Festival, Boiling Wells Amphitheatre & more 2011-12 

Front of House

Cheltenham Everyman Saturday Night Fever, Stewart Little & more 2006-7

Lighting & Sound Crew Casual Stagehand

Additional experience in marketing, arts administration, stage management and front of house for all Up The Ante projects.

Certifications

MA Creative Producing

Bath Spa University (current)

Introduction to Bookkeping and Accounting

Open University

BA Drama with Creative Writing Bristol

UWE (2011)

Stagecoach Teacherfest 2018

Current Level 3 Award in Emergency First Aid

QNUK

Current Enhanced DBS on update service

Equity Membership with Public Liability Insurance

Additional Training

Intro to Arts Project Management

Strike A Light Festival


Fundraising for Artists

Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy Programme

Immersive Theatre Symposium

Bath Spa University

Frantic Assembly Devising Workshop

Stagecoach Teacherfest 2018

How to: Run an Inclusive Rehearsal Room

Diverse City & Extraordinary Bodies

Story Tree - Delivering Early Years Storytelling and Puppetry Programme

Bigfoot Arts Education


Talk For Writing

National Literacy Trust


Making and Using Puppets in Drama and Education

Little Ray's Puppetry

 

Quality Circle Time & Positive Playtimes

Jenny Mosley Consultancies

Anti-bullying - Delivering school assemblies and workshops

Bigfoot Arts Education


Transitions - Delivering school assemblies and workshops

Bigfoot Arts Education


Refugee Week – Delivering school assemblies and workshops

Bigfoot Arts Education

Planning and Delivering Drama Workshops

Bigfoot Arts Education


Student Associate Scheme Teacher Training course

UWE Outreach Centre

 

Testimonials

Jo is a bit invincible. She’s got a supportive hand on everything and encourages you as an artist to be bold and adventurous. She brings the team together and alleviates any worries with her refusal to fear creative risks.

Leanda Mochrie, Actor.

I have had the pleasure of working with Jo on numerous projects. Jo is such an inspiring person to work with. Her drive and enthusiasm for her work make her a wonderful producer.

Lucy Hannam, Vocal Coach.

Jo has been an absolute gem to work with, and I couldn't have asked for more. She used her wide range of talents, experience and contacts to provide each member of the company what they needed to put on a great show. I hope to work with her again in the future!

Alison Green, Sound Designer.

Jo is a wonderful producer. She has a talent for raw creativity and ideas but she is also very practical and technical. I felt her enthusiasm and support throughout the whole journey. She also fought for what we believed in artistically and questioned some decisions that didn’t fit with the ultimate creative vision which was incredibly useful. I would recommend her to any future director. Thank you Jo for making my job such a joy.

Lizzie Franks, Director.

Jo worked as a stage manager for me for my "Stars of Magic" show. I am very pleased to say that she integrated perfectly with my team and showed great versatility by taking on a number of different responsibilities. Nothing was too much of an ask for her! She solved problems quickly, kept calm and went above and beyond what I had asked her to do. A magic show can be a challenging one to work on as there are technical demands that are specific to this genre but Jo learned and adapted immediately. I was delighted with my decision to bring her on board and I would recommend her to anyone!
Rob James, Stars of Magic Producer.
Jo works on our team at Bristol Academy of Drama team as our drama facilitator but is so much more than that. She has joined as we are growing and her enthusiasm and willingness to go beyond what is asked of her has been a god send. She not only runs fun and engaging classes and workshops but actively engages with the business to help us grow and develop.
Claire Moulds, Bristol Academy of Drama.
I have recently taken on a new team, who have moved from customer service over the phone to customer service in the community, which for any team is a huge challenge. Therefore I called on Jo's skill-set, asking for building confidence in my team to help them identify their potential as professionals, as well as some team building activities and practical tools to engage young people. What Jo delivered was beyond my expectations, she really installed a sense of excitement for the role with in my team. The team said how much fun they had, that they have not laughed so much for a long time, and gained some great ideas for their work. I felt that they had a real great time bonding as a team as well as hearing new outside-the-box thinking with their approach engagement. Jo was great at making the team feel comfortable, and engaged every member in the process.
Laura Brain, Off The Record.
Jo is a valued member of our team as she is always willing to step in to cover sessions for us. She is very reliable and a pleasure to work with.
Emma Shannon, Go Sketch.
Jo is a regular supply teacher/workshop leader for Acting Out drama classes. We have always found her reliable, inspiring, fun and fantastic with the children.
Jacqui Ham, Acting Out.