Jo Clayton

Jo Clayton

Storyteller, Writer, Community Artist

  • Location: Lambeth, London
  • Career stage: Experienced
  • Freelancer: Available

I'm a professional storyteller and writer working with people from 9 months to 90 in schools, nurseries, arts venues, theatres, festivals fields, pubs and hospitals.  This last year I've performed at the Southbank Centre, Storystock Circus, the Dulwich LIterary Festival, Festival on the Green (Essex) and the Shambala Festival.  I am also a visiting artist for Great Ormond Street Hospital, and I was previously practitioner in residence at Shakespeare's Globe. 

I am a professional actor and director trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama, and a strong believer in the power of community creativity.   I write stories and original drama, and my short film Ruby was screened at a number of national and international festivals and shortlisted for a Bird's Eye View Award at the ICA London.

Work History

Freelance - Storycycler

Jan 2012 - Present

Community Drama Specialist - Jo Clayton Drama

Dec 2008 - Present

Practitioner in Residence (Community) - Shakespeare's Globe Theatre

Oct 2004 - Oct 2007

Actor, Director, Workshop leader - Freelance

Jul 1996 - Oct 2004


Advanced Theatre Practice - Post Graduate Diploma - Central School of Speech and Drama

Oct 1995 - Jun 1996

Theatre, Film and TV - MA (hons) - University of Glasgow

Oct 1991 - Jun 1995


  • Training and Education
  • Acting
  • Community
  • Creative Writer
  • Directing
  • Live Performance
  • Storyteller