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Directing in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse: 3 Day Course

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
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Explore the unique playing conditions of our indoor theatre, the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, and develop your craft as a director with this intensive course, led by theatre director and Professor Rob Swain. Over three days, you’ll have the chance to explore the unique actor-audience relationship of an indoor playhouse and discover how this impacts our understanding of Shakespeare’s texts.

You’ll be introduced to approaches to directing in the Playhouse and work with fellow directors to explore practical ways to create work in this distinctive space. The course will also include sessions on voice, movement and text, as well as a Q&A with a director who has worked in the space. The course culminates with each director having the opportunity to direct two professional actors in a short scene under candlelight.

This course will provide a safe and supportive space to explore, play and connect creatively, guided by our expert Globe Faculty and is suitable for directors with some experience working with Shakespeare.

Directing in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse is only available to registered members of The Studio at Shakespeare’s Globe community.   Log in to book or  find out more about joining The Studio at Shakespeare’s Globe.



Two bursary places are available for each workshop for those unable to cover the cost of our training. Please email by Sunday 21st July to register your interest in a bursary place.

This event is on-site

Course Timings:
30 August – 1 September, 10:00am – 6:00pm

Terms and conditions
A £2.50 transaction fee per order applies online and over the telephone.

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