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 on the BA (Hons.) in Theatre Production. 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.
Since 2016 she has been Head of Technical Theatre Arts, with overall responsibility for all technical theatre and production provision/support within GSA.
She continues to undertake professional stage management, most recently as Stage Manager for large scale community opera projects for Surrey Arts.
She was formerly External Examiner for the FdA & BA (Hons) Production & Technical Arts: Stage & Screen at LAMDA (University of Kent), the BA (Hons) Stage and Production Management at East 15 (University of Essex) and currently for he Diploma in Technical & Production Management at Lasalle College of the Arts, Singapore.
- Stage management and creative facilitation of theatre and performance.
- Pedagogic frailty & resilience in Higher Education
- Academic identity & values in stage management & technical theatre
Professional development and work placements
Courses I teach on
Franklin, J. (2017) 'The theatrical and the accidental academic: an autoethnographic case study'. Arts & Humanities in Higher Education https://doi.org/10.1177/1474022217731543
Kinchin, I.M., Alpay, E., Curtis, K., Franklin, J., Rivers, C. and Winstone, N.E. (2016) 'Charting the elements of pedagogic frailty'. Educational Research, 58(1): 1 - 23.
'Framed Autoethnography & Pedagogic Frailty: A Comparative analysis of Mediated Concept Maps' in Kinchin, I.M & Winstone, N.E. eds. Pedagogic Frailty & Resilience in the University' Rotterdam: Sense, 2017. pp.17-32 (with Christopher Wiley).
'Dialogic Approaches to Pedagogic Frailty' (with Christopher Wiley). The First International Symposium on Pedagogic Frailty and Resilience, University of Surrey, 6th September 2017
'From A4 folders to e-folders: an evaluation of the use of e-portfolios in coursework assessment and feedback'. Surrey ExciTeS Symposium, University of Surrey, 4th January 2017
'Students take the lead: learning & motivation in a group project'. Surrey ExiTeS Symposium, University of Surrey, 6th January 2016
'Stage management training in the conservatoire'. School of Arts Practice as Research Festival, University of Surrey, 18th July 2015