Jo Cattell & work of The Far-Sighted Monkey
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- Jo Cattell named 2018 Maggio Directing Fellow at the Award winning Goodman Theatre, Chicago.
- Jo has been awarded an Artist Residency at the Joan Mitchell Center in New Orleans to develop her work, HOME.
Theatre Maker & Storyteller
Jo Cattell has worked in theatre and television in the UK, Germany, France, Canada and the USA.
Jo’s main focus has been on developing new work. Jo recently made her Chicago Shakespeare Theatre debut as Associate Director on SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE based on the screenplay by Marc Norman & Tom Stoppard, adapted by Lee Hall, directed by Rachel Rockwell. She is a part of The Light Poets (along with dandypunk and Darin Basile) creating HEARTCORPS: RIDERS OF THE STORYBOARD, a new theatrical experience within a projection mapped graphic novel world, which recently featured at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. She directed the Pilot episode of DON CHIPOTLE: ORIGIN, for a web series created by Juan Villa and Kevin Douglas. SIN TI music video, also part of the DON CHIPOTLE universe, written by Jo, with original music and lyrics composed by Gabe Ruiz and Christina Nieves, was part of the Official Latino Short Film Festival in NYC in 2016. Other projects include TUMBAO for Steppenwolf’s 1700 Theatre and HOME, for which Jo was awarded an Individual Artist grant to research what home means to immigrants, refugees and Native Americans across Chicago. She has worked with numerous theatre’s in her current home of Chicago, including The Goodman, Route 66, FWD Theatre Project, Pride Films and Plays, and the Irish Theatre of Chicago and is Resident Director at terraNOVA Collective. She is Head of Theatricals for The Playground Theater and Artistic Associate at Pivot Arts. She directed Juan Villa’s play, DON CHIPOTLE, for production at the Storefront Theater, downtown Chicago, and wrote and directed three music videos that were part of the DON CHIPOTLE world. She is working with Isaac Gomez on his play LA RUTA, which was part of the Goodman Theatre’s Latino Festival 2016. Jo directed WILL WORK FOR by Dacyl Acevedo, which performed across the US winning numerous awards; was Script Consultant on RADIANT BABY, the Keith Haring musical for The Public Theatre, NYC; directed FOR LOVE by Loaisa Sexton for the 1st Irish Theatre Festival in NYC. In Las Vegas; she co-founded BNTA, a non-profit theatre company, and worked as Acting Coach for Cirque du Soleil on their award winning production of The Beatle’s LOVE. In the UK, Jo developed and directed SKYSCRAPING by Tim Stimpson for Net Curtain Theatre Company, which premiered at London’s Soho Theatre and was then transferred to the Southwark Playhouse; assisted Theresa Heskins on Tony nominated playwright, Bryony Lavery’s PRECIOUS BANE, for Pentabus Theatre. Whilst at the BBC, Jo co-wrote and directed sketch comedy. She also directed the first digital art installation, 18:1-7, for Canterbury Cathedral (Mother Church of the worldwide Anglican Communion) with C2atelyst Productions, and worked with Sky Television on a series of award-winning documentaries about famous soccer players, David Beckham, Michael Owen, Dwight Yorke and Jaimie Redknapp.
Jo’s writing has been seen in the UK and the US: DINGO QUEEN, Camden People’s Theatre (London), DICKENS DONE OVER, Spring Preserve (Las Vegas), CINDERELLA, Summerlin Theatre (Las Vegas), SNOW WHITE, Horn Theatre (Las Vegas), DURTY NELLY’S LULLABY, McMullan’s Irish Bar (Las Vegas), and THE SOCK, Loyola Beach (Chicago). Jo was co-writer with the BBC’s Urban Sketch Team which performed at the Tabernacle Theatre and was part of Radio 1 On The Road. Jo’s plays have also been performed as part of Thursday Night Live at the West Yorkshire Playhouse and her play REMOTE CONTROL, received a workshop reading at the Richmond Shepard Theatre, NYC.
On the producing side, her experience has included working for SFX Theatricals, Clear Channel Entertainment, and NAMCO, on shows such as Fosse, Chicago the Musical, Tap Dogs, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and Bombay Dreams.
In 2016, Jo received a 3Arts Award for her work as a Theatre Maker.
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