Lucy Cuthbertson

Lucy is the Director of Education at Shakespeare’s Globe.

Training: The Poor School – Acting training; Goldsmiths – Secondary Drama PGCE; Central School of Speech & Drama – MA Applied Theatre & Drama Education

30 years’ experience of making theatre, teaching drama and directing, both professionally and in schools, specialising in work with & for young people & family theatre.

She is a founder member of Ridiculusmus Theatre Company, with whom she toured extensively in the UK & Ireland.

She has over 20 years’ experience in state school education, as a Head of Drama & Lead Practitioner for the Borough of Greenwich; her school-based theatre company was considered the most successful in the country & productions included: Hotel World (Edinburgh Workshop, Best Play, Fringe Report); Just (Olivier Theatre, Assembly, Edinburgh); Lysistrata (Riverside Studios), Romeo & Juliet (Riverside Studios & George Square); Galatea (Painted Hall, Greenwich). She went on to be Director of Drama & Theatre for a large multi-academy trust (Griffin Schools) working nationally across 13 Primary & Secondary schools. She also specialised in working with teachers to challenge homophobia & create inclusive LGBTQ schools.

She is a long-time collaborator with Splendid Productions, having directed and co-directed many of their touring productions for students. She also directed two of their pantomimes with mixed professional/student casts: The Epic Adventures of Robin Hood and Red Riding versus The Wolf, both at Stantonbury Theatre, where she was artistic director 2017-19.

For Shakespeare’s Globe, Lucy has led Learning and Family work since 2019, creating a vast online offer during lockdown; a thriving Youth Theatre & Young Company, overseeing our award-winning Lively Action programme for schools, the further development of Playing Shakespeare & our international work; created social justice teacher CPDs and many other initiatives.

She directed the Globe’s first, full-scale family show in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse Midsummer Mechanicals, which returned for a second year, toured to Shakespeare North Playhouse and was nominated for an Oliver Award 2023.

Lucy directed Romeo and Juliet for Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank in the Globe Theatre, Spring 2024 and will be co-directing Rough Magic in the SWP this summer.

She is a member of the APPG for Shakespeare, on the Advisory Panel for the Cultural Learning Alliance and a judge for the TES awards.