November 2017 – Jo directs third year undergraduates at Liverpool Theatre School in Lorca’s ‘Blood Wedding’
Jo began the company in 2005 and has trained as both an actor and teacher. She won Entrepreneur of The Year at Salford Business Awards in 2016. She has produced, and directed plays at The Lowry Studio and in recent times written three brand new plays, on Domestic Abuse, Child Sexual Exploitation and Cyberbullying. She started the company as she wanted to offer affordable training to children from deprived areas as well as those from middle income families. Jos underprivileged background is what makes her so passionate about the work we do. She came from east Manchester, had very troubled teenage years, leaving school at just 14. At 18 she was the first milkwoman in Manchester! At the age of 22, Jo decided to go back to school to get her education, it was the best thing she ever did. She then threw herself into training and by age 30 had her degree and actor training, something she thought would never happen. She went on to teach and act and in 2005, she then founded Footlights. Over the years, the schools franchise network has grown and now boast 16 schools with 8 franchisees.