The Studio at Shakespeare’s Globe
Shakespeare’s Globe has taken the difficult but responsible decision to close our doors to the public until further notice, ceasing performances, education activities and tours.
As you can imagine, this has been one of the hardest decisions we have had to make, but a necessary one as we consider the safety and well-being of both the public, staff and volunteers.
We hope to open the doors to our wooden O as soon as possible – but in this unprecedented time for theatre, and as a charity that receives no annual government subsidy, we are in desperate need of donations to help us to continue to strive in the future.
We ask at this time of huge risk to our beloved theatre that you donate if you can. Any amount, large or small, will be hugely appreciated.
With love, solidarity and thanks to you all from the whole Globe family.
Ifwhen we meet again, why, we shall smile
The Studio offers artists an opportunity to train, play and discover their craft.
Members of The Studio community will have access to intensive programmes of professional development for theatre artists across a range of disciplines ranging from directing to writing, movement to voice.
Shakespeare comes to life when we speak and move with the audience in the present…Directors who work at the Globe have to dismount their trained circus ponies and learn to ride wild horses
Sir Mark Rylance, Founding Artistic Director and Senior Research Fellow, Shakespeare’s Globe
To be the first to know about upcoming Studio courses, or to book a place on one of our Studios you need to register as a member of The Studio.
Registration is free and will only take a few moments to complete.
Training at the Globe is unique
We offer a variety of courses for actors, directors and playwrights throughout the year. Artists who work with us will participate in our ongoing theatrical experiment – exploring how the unique architectural conditions of the Globe Theatre and the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse help to shape performance choices and unlock the versatility of Shakespeare’s words.
In the absence of lighting and sound, artists will think about the body as technology, the relationship between the actor and the audience and its impact on dialogue and storytelling.
Globe training is transferrable into other spaces
Our site-specific courses do not only equip you for performance in our playhouses. These are some of the skills that our courses will help you develop:
- Approaches to working with Shakespeare’s texts
- Working without ‘theatrical scaffolding’ – useful for film and TV work
- Enhanced vocal technique
- Understanding of the relationship between body, text and space
- Understanding of the relationship between classical training and contemporary theatre practice
- Developed clarity of thought in storytelling
- New insight into acoustics, sight lines and architecture
- How to bring the verse to life for a twenty-first century audience
- Enhanced understanding of performing, directing or writing in large spaces and intimate venues.
Is The Studio for me?
We provide a safe and supportive environment and welcome artists from all backgrounds and with a range of experiences. Courses within The Studio will be of value to you:
Whether you have been working regularly, or are returning from a career break.
Whether you have appeared in many Shakespeare plays, or have yet to play your first Shakespearean role.
Whether you most often work in theatre, in film or TV.
To join The Studio community you must be over 18 and should have;
Two verifiable professional acting, directing or writing credits
Completed undergraduate degree in the relevant discipline at a drama school that is a member of the Federation of Drama Schools.
You need to be registered with The Studio to be able to book a place on one of our courses or to be the first to know about our upcoming courses.
Look out for future Studio courses where we will offer bursaries for actors who identify as coming from a BME and/or working-class background. If you wish to be notified when these bursaries are announced please register your interest.
At this stage we are not offering any courses for actors currently in training, although hope to do so in the future.
Perhaps also ask your school to get in touch with our Higher Education team to discuss the possibility of working with the Globe to design a course for your institution.
Please contact the Access Team if you would like to discuss your access requirements to participate in these courses.