Jo Franklin studied BA (Hons) in Drama at Aberystwyth, then trained in Stage Management at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. She worked as a stage manager in a wide variety of contexts including repertory theatres (Northern Stage, Nottingham Playhouse, Watford Palace, Leicester Haymarket), on tour (commercial tours and English Touring Theatre), in the West End and the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon and the Barbican.
She initially worked for GSA in stage and production management before moving into teaching at both UG and PG level. She completed both her Graduate Certificate in Higher Education and MA in Higher Education at Surrey. This has lead to a growing interest in pedagogical research, particularly in the performing arts and their facilitation. She is currently Head of Technical Theatre Arts and programme leader for MA Stage and Production Management.
She continues to undertake professional stage management, most recently as Stage Manager for large scale community opera projects for Surrey Arts and has been External Examiner for institutions in the UK ( LAMDA and East 15) and internationally (LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore).
- Stage management and creative facilitation of theatre and performance.
- Pedagogy, academic identity & values in stage management & technical theatre training.
MA research projects