"Outstanding subject knowledge. Excellent teaching style; engaging and you had a good sense of fun, humour and discipline. Provided a cross-curricular link to subjects such as History and Politics as well as placed the dances into context. The choreography provides the teachers with new ideas that are relevant to the style and time of the play."
Mrs C Pugh, Head of Drama, St James Senior Boys' School, Ashford
Shakespeare 4 Schools Workshops were created by theatre professional Jo Bartlett. Trained in classical ballet, tap and modern dancing, Jo studied Drama at university and she is a Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Music in Speech & Drama. Jo previously taught Movement for Actors at Middlesex University and is an Associate Teacher at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (R.A.D.A). She teaches dance and has choreographed performances on acting courses including:- B.A. (Hons), Foundation, Shakespeare in Action and Ages and Stages of English Drama. She has also taught New York University and T.I.S.C.H School of the Arts students on the Shakespeare in Performance course and students from the University of Houston.
Jo has worked in historical dance for a number of years, designing educational, historical and performance projects in which she also performs. She has collaborated with a diversity of prestigious organisations; British Museum, Kenwood House, Hever Castle, Hampton Court Palace, Channel Four, BBC Radio 3 and schools in the Home Counties and Greater London.
Jo created Shakespeare 4 Schools workshops to build understanding and love of Shakespeare amongst students. She states:-
"Dancing and the Arts are of massive historical importance to society and social development. Literature is filled with examples of writers and commentators discussing the importance of dance as a medium for social interaction. In my workshops I aim to help students envisage the life of a Shakespearian by inhabiting the period and physically moving in time, from start to finish. Let's get Shakespeare off the page and bring him to life! I want help the student inhabit Shakespeare's world by starting to move like an Elizabethan."