Shakespeare Schools Festival
role. Workshop Facilitator and Stage Director
date. August 2019 - Present
The annual Festival is Shakespeare Schools Foundation’s flagship project and the world’s largest youth drama festival. We use the unique power of performance to develop self-esteem, articulacy, literacy and teamwork; skills that transform lives. Each Autumn, a new generation discovers that by performing Shakespeare on a professional stage, gaining the confidence to aspire and achieve in any walks of life.
Every year, we work with thousands of pupils from every community, background and age group across the UK. Months of preparation culminate in exhilarating performances in professional theatres nationwide; a night which can give confidence and self esteem to last a lifetime. The 19th Shakespeare Schools Festival ran from October to December 2019. With around 300 performances from Penzance to Falkirk, Barnsley to Belfast, from inner-cities to seaside towns.
I co-deliver workshops on the fundamentals of stagecraft and Shakespeare (working as an ensemble, Shakespeare’s language, projection, physicality/movement direction and characterisation) to primary, secondary and SEN schools. During Shakespeare Schools Festival days, I lead each company through technical rehearsals, and run a full company warm-up prior to hosting the evening performance.
At times, I also cover the Company Manager role which involves stage management of performances, backstage management of companies of up to 130 young people, liaising with box office and front of house.