Photograph by Nikayla Scott

Photograph by Nikayla Scott

Jodie Brooke

Jodie Brooke is an artistic director from London, UK. The great granddaughter of a music hall producer and daughter of a jazz club founder and an international conference director, Jodie has spent her life in theatres and performance venues around the world. At the age of 6, she put on an adaptation of Cats in a French villa and has been directing theatre and shows ever since.

In Winter 2018, Jodie was honored to be invited to direct the inaugural Holiday Performing Arts Spectacular at Glade Arts Foundation in The Woodlands, Texas. For this groundbreaking new immersive work, The Enchanted Forest, Jodie assembled a team of some of Houston’s best and brightest creatives to make an indoor-outdoor immersive nouveau cirque, aerial dance and interactive installation experience for audiences of all ages.

Previously Artistic Director for Terrible Enfants Theatre Company, the umbrella for The Moonlight Dolls, Playhouse on the Prairie and Long Island Boys, Jodie was responsible for up to 11 shows per week at the historic Prohibition Theatre in downtown Houston, Texas. During her time at Prohibition Theatre, Jodie facilitated the expansion of the show program from 3 to 8 different shows per week. Alongside developing new shows for The Moonlight Dolls, Houston's biggest burlesque and showgirl cabaret, Jodie launched two new branches for the company - Playhouse on the Prairie, bringing interactive family theatre for all ages to Houston and Long Island Boys, an acrobatic, boylesque and cirque focused company of all-male performers. In Summer 2017, Jodie conceived and launched an annual Summer Workshop Series for all branches of the company.

Her shows in Houston to date include: The Enchanted Forest, the inaugural show for Glade Arts Foundation, Alice!, the inaugural show for Playhouse on the Prairie; Glitter, Love Letters, Jazz Age 2018, Tales of a Hard Nut 2017, Provocateur, The Moonlight Show feat. The Bronze Gold Band, Eat Me: The Queens Party, Beast and The Jazz Age for The Moonlight Dolls; the inaugural signature show Long Island Boys, for Long Island Boys. She also oversaw the artistic direction of Bitches Who Brunch, Bathtub Full of Gin and Havana, for Prohibition Theatre.

Jodie is passionate about developing and staging new writing, immersive and interactive theatrical events and the reworking of classic theatre. She was honored to work alongside Harold Pinter and the Belarus Free Theatre as Assistant Festival Director for the festival 50 Years of Performing Pinter.  As Assistant Director of New Writing at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, Jodie directed One Bed Flat, by Portuguese playwright José Maria Vieira Mendes, for the Janus Festival of New European Theatre Writing.  She was Assistant Director for the original Edinburgh Festival production of Shiver, by Oliver Emanuel.

Jodie directed The Vagina Monologues, by Eve Ensler, at the Leeds City Varieties Music Hall, which was sold-out for all performances and raised over $20,000 for charity.  In Lisbon, Portugal, she directed an open-air modern adaptation of Frogs, by Aristophanes, and put on fashion shows and events.  Jodie has extensive experience in big budget Event Directing, and before relocating to the USA she was responsible for tradeshows and events across Europe and Dubai, for Christie Digital, official Technical Partner of the Festival de Cannes.

Jodie has a MA (Hons) degree in Theatre Making from the University of Leeds and a BA (Joint Hons) degree in English Literature and Portuguese from the University of Leeds and the University of Lisbon.