Jo Porter (Lecturer, Cultural Leadership)

Jo Porter

Lecturer, Cultural Leadership

Jo Porter is an executive/creative producer in the performing arts who has worked for not-for-profit and commercial theatres in Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States. She is currently a lecturer of NIDA’s Master of Fine Arts (Cultural Leadership) in addition to co-designing the course.

Throughout her career of 30 years, Jo has held a myriad of producing and management positions in arts organisations across the world.

These have included: Executive Producer, Malthouse Theatre (2011–2013); General Manager of a range of commercial theatre productions; Head of Creative Development, Richard Frankel Productions, New York (1997–2007); and Head of Business Development, Really Useful Group, London (2007–2009).

Prior to 1997, her roles included; Associate Producer, 1997 David Helfgott world tour; and management positions with Circus Oz, Sydney Theatre Company and Sydney Festival.

Other experience includes social impact assessment with Think Impact, strategic planning with Karen women based at Nhill Neighbourhood House, an Asialink residency at the (then) Chiang Kai Shek Performing Arts Centre in Taipei; Non-Executive Director of What’s On Stage (UK); and a range of consulting/contract work with Arts House, the Australia Council, Hackman (NZ), Four Larks Theatre, Museum Victoria, The Australian Ballet, Theatre Works, Centre for Contemporary Photography and St Martins Youth Theatre.

Jo is very proud to be the Chair of Back to Back Theatre's Board.

Qualifications: Bachelor of Laws, University of Melbourne; Graduate Diploma (Development Studies), University of Melbourne; Masters of Arts (Development Studies), University of Melbourne (current).

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