SGCNZ Emerging Theatre Practitioner Programme 2015

Five emerging theatre practitioners were selected for the inaugural SGCNZ Emerging Theatre Practitioners’ Programme in 2015. This programme was designed to provide professional development for post-tertiary young theatre practitioners.

“After two and a half months in London, I learnt a huge variety of techniques and strategies with which to approach Shakespeare in future situations, as well as learning about the institution of Globe Education and life in general. This was a valuable and enriching experience.” – Kelly Harris, SGCNZ ETPP 2015    

“To travel and devote a concentrated amount of time learning with Globe Education is an amazing privilege.” – Samuel Phillips, SGCNZ ETPP 2015


Offered through SGCNZ, the Emerging Theatre Practitioners Programme is designed to provide a new opportunity for those post SGCNZ’s Shakespeare Festivals and pre-‘mid-career’ status.


Aimed at approximately 22-34 year olds, it is proposed that the inaugural SGCNZ Emerging Theatre Practitioners Programme will take place in 2015. You can do any one or more of the ‘Stages’ or the whole ‘circuit’, taking about 5 months and comprising:

  • Stage 1 April-June – Internship for 3 months at Shakespeare’s Globe
  • Stage 2 Dates tbc – Internship based at the Folger, Washington DC & visit to Blackfriars
  • Stage 3 Dates tbc – Internship for 4 weeks approx with An Eagle’s Nest Theatre in Australia on a Shakespeare production and workshop


The primary focus will be on the following outcomes for the participants:
– provision of professional development in a range of environments, with leading tutors, actors and directors
– acquisition of new skills and concepts which can be utilised and shared in New Zealand
– establishment of international contacts


Globe Fee £1000 (approx)

– an around-the-globe air fare
– hostel accommodation
– food & local travel
– theatre tickets and incidentals

Brief Content

At the Globe, UK – proposed to include:

  1. Workshops on: Voice, Movement, The Jig, Text, Directing scenes
  2. Shadowing and supporting Globe Education Practitioners who are working with schools on the Our Theatre Project. This will culminate in a performance on the Globe stage
  3. Working with the two Youth Theatres
  4. Observing Lively Action workshops for students of all ages
  5. Guidance on planning and delivering school based projects
  6. Attending the two training sessions provided by Globe Education for their practitioners – the sessions are on meeting the needs of students on the autism spectrum and working with international students
  7. Exploring the Globe resources on Shakespeare and Elizabethan theatre


At the Folger, USA:

  1. Tour and talks on the famous Folger Library
  2. Sessions on performance-based teaching
  3. Close reading, physicalising and enacting the text; cutting scenes
  4. Working with their practitioners and outreach programme
  5. Assisting with their Festival and Family Programme
  6. Attending performances
  7. Visiting Blackfriars, Staunton, Virginia

With Eagle Nest Theatre, Australia:

  1. Observe and be involved with the planning, development and delivery of its Shakespeare schools’, Shakespearean and other theatrical workshops programme
  2. Learning sessions
  3. Be involved in the development of a production by Eagle Nest Theatre

Watch this space for information about the next SGCNZ Emerging Theatre Practitioners Programme!