Directing: Weekend Intensive

Are you an experienced director looking to advance your skills in directing a Shakespeare play? Would you like to feel more confident working with Shakespeare’s texts? Would you be interested in exploring how the relationship between Shakespeare’s texts and an actor’s voice and body can inform your choice as a director?

Our weekend intensive offers just a handful of directors a chance to join Globe experts in a series of short one day across one weekend. They focus on approaches to preparing and rehearsing Shakespeare’s plays in the Globe Theatre and Sam Wanamaker Playhouse.

Course information

Full course itinerary will be shared with successful applicants.

This course will be invaluable for anyone with previous experience of directing a production. Previous experience of directing Shakespeare is not required.


The weekend comprises of five sessions:

An Actor’s Perspective

Led by a Globe Actor who has experience of playing in the Globe Theatre or the candlelit conditions of the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, participants will practically explore the challenges and opportunities presented when performing in these spaces.

A Director Prepares

This session explores the processes of research and preparation of a production, including conceiving the world of the play with a designer, casting and rehearsal planning.

Text and Language

A practical analysis of language, examining the use of prose, verse and rhetorical devices in Shakespeare’s plays.


A Voice expert will explore the variety of ways in which voice and vocal training may be used to inform performance choices, with some emphasis on the unique acoustical properties of the Globe Theatre and the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse.

Movement in the Theatre

A Movement Director will lead an exploration focusing upon the relationship of the actor’s body to the theatre space and the play text.