JO WOOD

Joantha trained at The Hylton Bromley School of Dance and Drama, on the Wirral. Her first taste of professional work was performing as a child in pantomimes at the Floral Pavilion New Brighton. On leaving Hylton Bromleys she toured Europe for two years, with a six-member dance group, gaining what was once a much-treasured possession.... An Equity Card!

 

On returning to the UK, Jo successfully auditioned for the original touring production of Cats, playing Cassandra and Bomballurina.  She transferred from the tour into the West End production at the New London Theatre playing the same roles. After leaving Cats she performed at The London Palladium and Drury Lane in The Royal Variety and The Lawrence Olivier Awards.

 

Taking a break from musicals, Jo became a freelance dancer working with various choreographers, including Stephen Mear, Richard Sampson, Craig Revel Horwood, Gillian Lynne, Karen Bruce and Dollie Henry. Her next engagement was in the musical Cabaret (Sheffield Crucible). She was then asked to return to the West End to appear once again in Cats.

 

Next came a role in the tap extravaganza Gershwin Musical, Crazy for You (Prince Edward Theatre), then touring with the same production. Joantha has appeared in various television shows including The Big Breakfast, Challenge Anneka, Talking Telephone Numbers, London Tonight and A Tribute to Gershwin (Royal Albert Hall). Jo’s professional performing career came to an end with the arrival of the first of her three children. She now enjoys sharing her passion for the theatre with a new generation of performers.

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