Ten Days 2013 - Artistic Director, Jo Duffy
On a whim and with no training or experience in 1994 Jo Duffy
well-established career in corporate health and offered herself as a general backstage hand at Marian Street Theatre
in Sydney, Australia.
Shortly after, the theatre courageously offered her her
To this day she can't explain the spontaneous attraction for the arts, but in the following 17 years her hunch evolved into a varied and extensive career in the performing arts, spanning Australia, Italy, Scotland and Poland, she has been the Director of the Darwin Festival since 2009 and is the new Artistic Director of Tasmania's Ten Days on the Island Festival.
, born and raised in Sydney's inner west, worked at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe
for seven years where, most recently, she
was the Associate Director of Aurora Nova, the highly acclaimed showcase of international physical and visual theatre with a program from over 28 different countries and a programme that has won more than 45 awards.
She has spent three years as Consultant Producer for The Brave Festival - Against Cultural Exile, in Wroclaw, Poland.
The festival presents the artistic traditions of vanishing, marginalized and displaced cultures and box office takings are donated to non-profit organizations working to preserve culture throughout the world.
From late 2005, Jo was part of the programming team for the Sydney Festival and, as a performing arts manager, she has worked closely with many companies in the development, presentation and promotion of their work, including projects with the Sydney Opera House, Venti Lucenti in Florence and Poland's Teatr Piesn Kozla.
Some years ago, Jo
decided to live her
dream to spend part of her
year living in a small medieval village in the centre of Italy.
For 10 years, she
year between Edinburgh and London, Wrolcaw
in Poland and Australia.
moved full-time to Tasmania in September 2011 and she
now lives in a little cottage in the magical Huon Valley with her
partner and her
Jo Duffy has recently been appointed to the Theatre Board of the Australia Council for the Arts and she sits on a number of other steering committees and panels.
has developed a reputation in Australia for her
passionate pursuit of independent arts projects, including her
extensive involvement with regional and remote communities and artists.