SGCNZ University of Otago Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival
SGCNZ UOSWSF 2019
Dates for the 2019 Regional UOSWSFs: see the list here
RESULTS OF THE SGCNZ NATIONAL UOSWSF 2018
Click here to find out who excelled in which category. All students who performed in the National Festival can be extremely proud of themselves. Thank you to all participants for a fantastic and magical weekend!
To order a DVD or MP4 of the performances, go to Glass Gecko Films
To purchase photos of the performances, go to Memory of Light Photography
If you want to know more about the SGCNZ UOSWSF and its impact on the student, watch the following documentary called Shakespeare in Motion. Project-managed by SGCNZ PPWS Alumna Maddie Brooks Gillespie, this video is a great testament to how performing Shakespeare impacts the students participating in the SGCNZ Shakespeare Festivals.
Ministry of Youth Development Survey
re SGCNZ UOSWSF & allied Competitions & activities
Participant Feedback link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SGC_NZ
We are asking all participants in SGCNZ’s Festivals and Competitions between 12 and 24 years old to please complete this survey from the Ministry of Youth Development.
Funding from this source is contingent on us having at least 1500 people respond – favourably – about their experience of being involved (in whatever way – acting, directing, mentoring, crew, front of house, MCs, Assessors…). From the age range, it is clear that it is not just those still at school!
Any queries about this, please contact Dawn Sanders, firstname.lastname@example.org M: 027 283 6016 P: 04 384 1300
What are SGCNZ’s UOSWSF?
Each year, SGCNZ holds 24 Festivals nationwide, in which high school students perform 5- and 15-minute scenes from Shakespeare’s plays, set in any time, place, dress – though definitely in Shakespeare’s words. The Regional Festivals are scheduled between late March and the end of April.
The best 5- and 15-minute scenes are then chosen to perform at the National Festival, held over Queen’s Birthday weekend at the Michael Fowler Centre and Opera House. There are awards of certificates, books and even some money. Leading theatre practitioners present 22 workshops, give talks, advice, and view emerging talent! Groups of students may pay to participate in the workshops and attend the public performances on the Friday and Saturday if not chosen to perform. Contact us for further information.
The finalists in SGCNZ’s competitions are invited to attend the workshops and can attend the performances and the Award Ceremony free of charge. They will receive their monetary prizes at the Award Ceremony on the Sunday evening of the National Festival.
SGCNZ NSSP & YSC
Then there are further opportunities!
The Supreme Winner of the SGCNZ/Tony Catford Shakespeare Costume Competition and SGCNZ/Morrison Music Trust Competition and 46 students selected from the Regional and National Festivals attend the SGCNZ National Shakespeare Schools Production (NSSP), a week-long intensive course with workshops, rehearsals and culminating performances.
SGCNZ NSSP is held in the September/October holiday each year. During this week, 24 students are chosen to form SGCNZ Young Shakespeare Company (SGCNZ YSC) and travel to the Globe in London and Stratford Upon Avon for two and a half weeks in July the following year (fees apply).
History of SGCNZ’s Festivals
Just nine months after the founding of Shakespeare Globe Centre New Zealand in June 1991, SGCNZ held its first Regional Shakespeare Festival in Schools. The Sheilah Maureen Winn Charitable Trust came to the party to assist with funding from the first National Festival soon after. In 2006 the University of Otago entered the scene with a significant contribution, which resulted in the rebranding to the SGCNZ University of Otago Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festivals. This much appreciated partnership has continued, along with valued contributions from other sponsors.
From the initial seven regions, the Festivals have grown to 24 regions. Over 5500 students each year from over half the schools with secondary students perform the 5-minute student-directed and 15 minute adult or student-directed scenes. One of each is chosen to be performed at the National Festival at Queen’s Birthday weekend each year, where participants attend talks, workshops and other performances. Specific criteria have been introduced to include an additional scene in Regions with very large participation. These are outlined in the Board Policy document.
With more than 105,000 students nationwide having participated in the first 25 years of the Festivals, the impact can now be seen on stages throughout the country, big and small screens, backstage, front of house, in various arts administrative roles, and in a vast array of non-theatre based positions. Check out what some of our alumni are up to here.
“The SGCNZ University of Otago Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival is EPIC…thank you to all who make it happen…”
“The UOSWSF has been an amazing opportunity that I have benefited from every year for the past five years…”
SGCNZ National UOSWSF 2017
Over 400 years after the Bard’s death, his words are more alive than ever, and the creativity, enthusiasm and talent of New Zealand’s youth shows that Shakespeare’s plays have lost none of their relevance.. Due to popular demand Shakespeare Globe Centre NZ added another region, which means that Shakespeare’s words and works were celebrated in 24 Regional Festivals.
Click here to find out who excelled in which category
Order a DVD or MP4 of the performances from Glass Gecko Films
Order official photos from Memory of Light photography
SGCNZ National UOSWSF 2016
What a Festival it was! We were excited to present the SGCNZ National University of Otago Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival 2016 at the Michael Fowler Centre, St James Theatre and Parliament this year!
Not only did we have Diana Devlin assess at the 2016 Festival, but she also gave a talk at Parliament on Monday after the Assessors’ feedback session.
SGCNZ Regional UOSWSF 2016
2016 was an exciting year for Shakespeare Globe Centre NZ. Not only was it the Quattro Centennial of Shakespeare’s death, but it was also the 25th anniversary of SGCNZ and the University of Otago Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival, making the 23 Regional Festivals throughout the country and the palpable excitement from the numerous participants all the more special.
The dates for the SGCNZ Regional and National University of Otago Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festivals 2016 were:
SGCNZ Wellington Regional UOSWSF 2016
Students in the Wellington region were zealously learning their lines, rehearsing their scenes and preparing themselves for the 25th SGCNZ Wellington Regional University of Otago Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival from 12-14 April 2016 at Wellington East Girls’ College.
SGCNZ National UOSWSF 2015
Regional Festivals 2015
Each year, SGCNZ holds 23 Festivals nationwide, in which high school students perform five and 15 minute scenes from Shakespeare’s plays, set in any time, place, dress – though definitely in Shakespeare’s words. The Regional Festivals 2015 were scheduled between late March and the end of April. View the 2015 Regional Festival dates
SGCNZ UOSWSF 2014 & 2013
Click here for Amy Schulz’s photographs of SGCNZ National UOSWSF 2014 performances. Photographs can be ordered from her website.
Shakespeare Globe Centre New Zealand most gratefully acknowledges the support for the SGCNZ University of Otago Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival from the following: