Assessors Lyndee-Jane Rutherford, Patrick Spottiswoode & John Gardyne

SGCNZ University of Otago Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival

Download the results of the 2014 SGCNZ UOSWSF here.

Click here for Amy Schulz’s photographs of SGCNZ National UOSWSF 2014 performances. Photographs can be ordered from her website.

Download the 2014 SGCNZ National UOSWSF DVD Order Form

Download the criteria & schedule for 2014 SGCNZ UOSWSF

Download the full list of award winners from the 2013 SGCNZ National UOSWSF

Visit the event page 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…”

What are SGCNZ’s UOSWSF?

Regional Festivals

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 are scheduled between late March and the end of April.

Register here to enter in a Regional SGCNZ University of Otago Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival (UOSWSF) to participate in the festivals and become a financial Friend of SGCNZ

  • go to
  • This will take you to the SGCNZ UOSWSF homepage on the University of Otago’s website.
  • Click on Shakespeare under SGCNZ REGIONAL FESTIVALS
  • Read the Policies and at the bottom of the page you will see I Agree. Click on this and the Registration page will come up.
  • Complete it and retain your ID number and password.
  • Use these to go in and modify any information if you wish to make additions or alterations.
  • Each entry needs to be logged in separately with its own ID and password.
  • Please check with SGCNZ if you are unsure as to whether your SGCNZ Friends sub is current (NOT the University of Otago – it is a valued sponsor – not the organiser of the Festivals)

National Festival

Come and watch, or be one of the best five and 15 minute scenes chosen to perform at the National Festival, held over Queen’s Birthday weekend at Wellington College and Wellington East Girls’ College. 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 Saturday and Sunday if not chosen to perform. Contact us for further information.

SGCNZ Competitions

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.


Then there are further opportunities!

The Supreme Winner of the SGCNZ/Bernina 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 of 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 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 23 regions. Over 5500 students each year from over half the schools with secondary students perform the five 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 80,000 students nationwide having participated in the first 20 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.

Shakespeare Globe Centre New Zealand most gratefully acknowledges the support for the SGCNZ University of Otago Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival from the following: