Development Through Drama

Meet Jo

Jo is the director and workshop leader at Value Theatre. In over twenty years of teaching, she has been called “smart”, “funny” and “completely bonkers”. 
Photo of Jo Tasker, Value Theatre

Jo uses drama to help young people challenge their own and others’ expectations and develop important, relevant skills.

She has been a guest lecturer in Applied Drama at the University of Exeter and has been the inspiration for many undergraduates to move into the field of applied drama.

Email or call Jo directly by visiting our contact page.

Jo performs as well as teaching. Here’s a few highlights from her CV:

Youth Offending Teams

While Jo was working for New Vic Theatre, she created:

‘Next Step’ was designed for Stoke-on-Trent Youth Offending Team’s violent female offenders to look at self esteem and anger. The females involved explored reasons behind their behaviour and created a peer lead education programme involving a performance and workshop about their experiences, self esteem and offending behaviour

‘Inside Out’ was a project for young vulnerable females in Staffordshire, working with the Youth Service and the Youth Offending Teams to create a performance with 22 young females to look at their self-esteem and behaviour

Secure Units and Young Offender Institutes

Extensive work in the Atkinson Unit, a Secure Unit for young people, creating behaviour-based projects, looking at self esteem, anger, relationships, drugs and offending behaviour. The young people get an opportunity to work on issues that effect their lives and create a performance about their behaviour.

Co-facilitation of summer programmes and behaviour programmes in YOIs across the UK with Saul Hewish (ex director of Geese Theatre Company) and Acting Out Theatre Company

Prisons/Probation

Unit For Arts and Offenders – pilot for a basic writing course using theatre and creating a show about blame, made for Acting Out Theatre Company.

SEPE – delivering taster sessions for the probation service and teenage mums

Pupil Referral Units

Extensive work for the Pupil Referral Unit in Exeter running weekly sessions for all Key Stages. Developed a model of working taking students into primary schools to run drama session which always have profound effect

Jo has created many projects for PRUs and Personalised Learning Centres around the UK, including an interactive performance on the geography of crime and conlflict, using theatre, DJing and Breakdancing to connect with young people.

Jo has also facilitated numerous ‘Show in a Week’ programmes for PRUs and  excluded young people (please get in contact for more information about our ‘Show in a Week’ programmes.

Devon Young Carers            

‘Take Care’ was a project created with Social Services and young people in care to explore how they feel and are treated in the care system. The performance allowed the audience to consider how things can be changed to make the young peoples lives better. 

Shows you can book (click here):

‘Am I Bovvered?’ is a show about work experience and what to expect.

‘Raising Aspirations’ is an interactive show about choosing options taking responsibility for your choices . These shows have been touring around Devon and Cornwall for 9 years

 Email or call Jo directly by visiting our contact page.