Jo Collins, MBE

Co-founder Chickenshed UK

Jo Collins MBE co-founded Chickenshed (UK) with Mary Ward MBE in 1974.

For many years Jo had worked as a session singer and composer but had become disillusioned with the music business. When she met Mary, a teacher specializing in drama, their shared passion and aspiration for uniting children with differing backgrounds and abilities within the medium of theatre clicked and Chickenshed was born! They continued to develop and grow the company from 50 to 500 plus - build their own purpose-built theatre and education campus. They managed and ran the company for the next 40 years.

Jo has now retired from her full time role but continues her involvement as Ambassador adviser and trustee. Jo is excited about Chickenshed NYC!