Jo Donn started her costume career at The Arts Institute At Bournemouth in 2002 Studying Costume for the Screen and Stage at degree level. During the three years of her degree she designed and made costumes from the 1600s through to the present day.
In her second year she discovered her love of Wardrobe Supervision while on international exchange to the University of Florida. There she worked as a dresser on the drama Big Love
, was 2nd costume assistant on the showcase Dance 2004
and supervised the wardrobe team. She was also employed as a draper on Taming of the Shrew
, creating Bianca's wedding dress while working closely with the designer, and creating the 'butt ruffle' understructure that was used on all female costumes in the production.
In her third year, Jo chose to specialise in costume design. She designed the opera The Tales of Hoffmann
, giving it a sexual slant that emphasised the innuendo of the piece. For her Final Major Project she designed costumes for the musical Grand Hotel
, establishing an artistic style that combined painting, collage and Computer Aided Design. Her designs evoked the fast pace of the production showing dancing figures and swaying costumes.
In October 2006, Jo's version of Bianca's wedding dress was selected by Noisefestival.com to be showcased on their website.
Go to her main page here: noisefestival.com/joannedonn
to see her profile and vote for her work.
Professionally, Jo has worked for Evolution Productions
on their 2005 pantomime schedule, International Workshop Festival
and Theatre Nomad
. She has been wardrobe supervisor on two productions for the latter, taking their performance of Chekhov's Uncle Vanya
to the 2006 Canterbury Festival. In November 2006, Jo worked with Spirit of the Dance
for the first time as Wardrobe Supervisor on their touring production Spirit of Christmas
From there she began work for Jean Ann Ryan Productions
in association with NCL Cruise Lines
on board the MS Norwegian Sun. There, Jo was Wardrobe Supervisor to the three production shows Que Noche
, Cirque Pan
and Cameron Mackintosh's Hey Mr. Producer
. She was also given the opportunity to make costumes during her 10 months on the ship, which included recreating Wendy's skirt for Cirque Pan
and completing a set of Adage costumes for the Adage team.
Jo has continued her work with Spirit of the Dance
, working on their 70's and Abba inspired show Dancing Queen
and returning to Spirit of Christmas
Her most successful contract to date was Jo's return to the sea with Jean Ann Ryan Productions
as part of the production team on board the P&O MV Ventura
, which had it's grand opening in April 2008 as the Superliner for Britian. There, as wardrobe supervisor, Jo helped to create 7 brand new shows for the ship that included dance, drama, music, magic an acrobatics. Among the shows were Andrew Lloyd Webber's Masquerade
created by Jean Ann Ryan
in conjunction with Really Useful Group
and Saturday Night Fever: The Musical
produced by Stigwood Productions
Jo has most recently worked on the Norwegian Pearl
, again with Jean Ann Ryan Productions
. Here she was wardrobe supervisor for the three production shows Sealegs: A Showgirl Revue
, Garden of the Geisha
and South Beach Rave
. She will continue her relationship with Jean Ann Ryan Productions
on the Norwegian Dawn
in March 2009.Curriculum Vitae/Resume