Cast & Creatives
Jo Hawes CDG trained at LAMDA and began her career at the Theatre Royal Windsor in Stage Management. In London she was part of the Stage Management teams for Annie, The Pirates Of Penzance, On Your Toes And La Cages Aux Folles. Following several years as a theatrical PA she became the Children’s Casting Director for Oliver! at the London Palladium in 1995. Many spectacular shows have followed and, covid permitting, current productions include Les Miserables In London And On Tour, Mary Poppins, Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Bedknobs And Broomsticks and The Drifters Girl.
Jo runs a variety of courses and classes for children in the UK and abroad including Masterclasses in the Art of Auditioning, Performing Arts Holiday Courses with Mark Hedges and Carrie Grant and Mental Health Courses for chaperones. She also co – owns a weekend theatre school – Showstop for 8 – 14 year olds.
In 2012 she was commissioned by Oberon to write Children in Theatre – a guide for parents who find they have a performing child in their family.
Jo has been married to Tim, a trumpet player, for 34 years. Their children are all involved in the industry and they live in Berkshire.
She is thrilled and honoured to have been awarded the 2020 Special Recognition Olivier Award.