SGCNZ Teachers Go Global

Shakespeare Globe Centre New Zealand is delighted to be working closely with Shakespeare’s Globe Education, London to further develop the course offered for the first time to celebrate SGCNZ’s 20th anniversary in 2011. Following its success, it was offered again over the July school holidays, 2013. Teachers from throughout New Zealand were selected for this extraordinary opportunity.

This two week course at Shakespeare’s Globe, London is designed as a professional development opportunity for teachers of students from Years 3 – 13. It runs in parallel with SGCNZ’s Young Shakespeare Company study and performance tour. This intensive course concludes with a public showcase performance on the Globe stage.


$7500 (Approx. – dependent on fare and accommodation increases and exchange rate)

This cost includes:
Non-refundable application fee of $100 to be paid with application
plus, if successful…
Registration Fee $150 payable to SGCNZ
All other payments payable to WP Maher Tours (by specified instalments) – $7250:

  • Airfares and taxes flying to/from with Cathay Pacific ex Auckland
  • Overnight stay in Hong Kong en route (as per Student group)
  • Coach transfers on arrival / departure London
  • 12 nights Dinner, Bed & Breakfast at Bankside House
  • London Transport allowance
  • National Theatre backstage tour and theatre ticket
  • Globe fees
  • Travel Insurance

All funding must be obtained by the selected teachers. SGCNZ will act as the umbrella organisation where necessary for funding.


  • A desire to share the knowledge gained through the course is vital.
  • Teachers must agree to have their students participate in SGCNZ’s Regional University of Otago Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festivals and/or Essay, Costume, Music Composition, Static Image Competitions or Primarily Playing Shakespeare in 2014 and beyond – if not already doing so.
  • The group will work with Globe Education personnel and the Globe Company’s chief experts on text, voice and movement and with other high calibre Globe practitioners over the course.
  • It must be clearly understood from the outset that selection does not carry any funding with it except that SGCNZ takes no fee except for minimal actual printing, phone and stationery costs – all SGCNZ’s organisational time is donated.
  • Applications should be made exclusively through Shakespeare Globe Centre New Zealand.
  • All applicants need to be (or become) financial members of SGCNZ.


The anticipated outcomes are to have:

  • Gained first-hand experience of Globe Education practices and their application in the classroom
  • Observed Shakespeare in selected schools in London
  • Gained detailed practical and theoretical insights into Shakespeare’s stage craft as revealed by the architecture of the ‘Wooden O’
  • Explored period performance practices in relation to Shakespeare
  • Gained individual acting experience on the Globe stage
  • Used the Globe’s resources to examine the range of practical knowledge
  • Gathered by Globe Education and other staff over the past decade
  • Contributed positively to the group dynamics

Applicants will be selected by SGCNZ to represent New Zealand as members of SGCNZ Teachers Go Global

  • Each Teacher will need to undertake to raise approximately $7,500 each
  • A Report (approx 500 words) from each Teacher will be requiredafter the return to New Zealand. It is anticipated that this will also be what is used for personal funding compliance.
  • In line with its ethos of maximising the benefit of the experience and respecting the facilitation role played by SGCNZ, it is required that the Teachers will be involved in SGCNZ activities, as is appropriate, and be advocates and ambassadors for SGCNZ.

Course Content

The Teachers will work closely with Globe Education Faculty.
Playing Shakespeare will be explored in the context of this unique space.

The course schedule will include:

  • Sessions with the Heads of Movement, Voice, and Text, Music & Wardrobe
  • Tours of the Globe, the Rose and a Shakespeare Rally
  • Study of Elizabethan stages
  • Talks and Q&As with Globe actors and/or directors
  • Rehearsals by a Globe Education director
  • Performing a short scene on the Globe stage
  • Visiting some local schools with Globe Ed practitioners
  • Attending performances
  • Some interaction with SGCNZ Young Shakespeare Company

The Application Process

You will also need to:

  • Write a statement of intent of approximately 400 words explaining: why you were attracted to apply for the programme, what you think you will gain from the experience and how you will engage with SGCNZ and its activities on your return
  • Submit a brief CV, which includes experience in teaching Shakespeare (2 page max)
  • Send a head and shoulders photo (suitable and available for reproduction up to A4 size in the media and on the web) with your name and that of the photographer written on the back and permission to use it
  • A Reference from your Principal or other senior staff member
  • Contact details of another character referee
  • $100 Application Fee
  • $45 SGCNZ Friends Membership Fee (if you are not already a financial member of SGCNZ). Cheques should be made payable to SGCNZ or payment made electronically


  • Members of SGCNZ’s Education Advisory Group will meet to make the selections
  • The finalists will be interviewed face-to-face or by phone

Contact us with any queries