Welcome to the official website of
Jo Hawes CDG

Recipient of the Special Recognition Olivier Award 2020, jo is the leading children’s casting director and administrator in the UK, who has worked on many large-scale West End and touring shows including Oliver!, Mary Poppins, Les Miserables, The Secret Diary Of Adrian Mole aged 13 3/4, Identical and The Sound of Music.










Jo’s book was published in 2014 and helps children and their parents navigate their way through the wonderful world of live theatre.   Performing children have a very special existence which sometimes sets them apart from their peers. Parents are often excluded from this world but are expected to support them all the way. There is very little authoritative advice on how to cope and what to expect. Thus this book is highly recommended! 


Jo decided at 7 years old that she was going to work in professional entertainment, although she had little idea of what that might mean at the time. This decision was made after being completely mesmerised by Eric Porter’s portrayal of Soames in The Forsyte Saga.  She has enjoyed a number of different occupations within the business since she was 15 and loves her work as a Children’s Casting Director and Administrator which has occupied her time for 27 years.




Jo runs Masterclasses In The Art of Auditioning in London and around the UK teaching audition technique.     With Mark Hedges (Resident Director Phantom of The Opera) and Carrie Grant (West End MD) she runs full day courses as well as longer courses in half terms.  They offer the opportunity to learn all sorts of new skills as well as singing and dancing.

A ‘must read’ for all parents of aspiring performers. An all encompassing, comprehensive, informative and intelligent guide. Brilliant! Sylvia Young

This book makes a splendid job of debunking many of the mysteries in what, for many parents and children, is a very strange, unknown world. The Stage

Evidently written from the heart – on what parents should and should not do… excellent!


Susan Elkin