Jo Cattell & work of The Far-Sighted Monkey
The Far Sighted Monkey works with artists of strong vision and heart. Looking to the future, The Far Sighted Monkey sees potential in ideas, new writing or a young artist and works to provide an environment where elements can flourish and be challenged.
- $150K awarded for a new collaboration between the University of Illinois, the Goodman Theatre, myself and Eryn Allen Kane to create an immersive theatre experience utilizing virtual reality.
- Commissioned to write a new play conceived by and in collaboration with Riaz Baber exploring Man’s constant desire for violence.
Jo Cattell is a British theatre maker who works in theatre and television in the UK, Germany, France, Canada and the USA.
Jo’s main focus has been on developing new work. She is part of the LightPoets, currently creating the immersive theatrical graphic novel, PARTICLE, for a production in New York City. The LightPoets immersive installation performance, HEARTCORPS: Riders of the Storyboard, was officially selected for the Sundance Film Festival in 2017. Other recent credits include, directing Isaac Gomez’ play, THE DISPLACED for Haven Theatre, co-creator of the children’s immersive adventure AN EPIC TALE OF SCALE, with Henry Wishcamper, performed at Chicago Childrens’ Theatre (in collaboration with the Chicago Field Museum). She conceived, wrote and directedTUMBAOwith Dominizuelan, a live radio comedy series set in a gentrified Chicago neighbourhood, which was repeatedly part of Steppenwolf’s LookOut Series, performed at Steppenwolf’s 1700 Theatre. She was associate director to Rachel Rockwell on Chicago Shakespeare Theatre’s production of SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE. In addition to live theatre, Jo directed DON CHIPOTLE: Originwebisode, and music videos, including SIN TIwhich was selected for the Official Latino Film and Arts Festival (New York) in 2017, plus the first digital art installation, 18:1-7, at Canterbury Cathedral, Mother Church of the Worldwide Anglican Communion. She also worked on a series award-winning documentaries about famous soccer players, David Beckham, Michael Owen, Dwight Yorke and Jaimie Redknapp
Jo is currently developing a new show, HEAD IN A BOX, with singer-song writer Eryn Allen Kane, in collaboration with the University of Illinois (EVL department) and the Goodman Theatre. The show will be a groundbreaking theatrical experience, smashing together virtual reality, gaming, music video and immersive theatre.
Other companies Jo has worked with include: the BBC, Cirque du Soleil, Pentabus Theatre, Theatre C for Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater, Origin Theatre, Leviathan Lab, and Culture Project. Jo is a 3Arts Residency Fellow of the Joan Mitchell Center where she developed HOME, an AR immersive show about making a home after displacement. Jo was awarded the 3Arts award for her work as a Theatre Maker in 2016 and was the 2018 Maggio Directing Fellow at the Goodman Theatre
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