Jo Bartlett designed Shakespeare 4 Schools workshops to engage students and build their understanding of Shakespeare using period dance and movement in a fun and memorable way.
Jo is a Drama graduate and Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Music in Speech & Drama. She has taught Movement for Actors at Middlesex University and as an Associate Tutor at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (R.A.D.A) teaches dance and choreographs performances for students on acting courses including:
B.A. (Hons), Foundation, Shakespeare in Action and Ages and Stages of English Drama. She has also run Shakespeare in performance classes for students from New York University, T.I.S.C.H School of the Arts and University of Houston.
Jo has worked in period dance for a number of years, dancing, designing and producing performance projects and workshops. She has collaborated with a diversity of prestigious organisations including; British Museum, Kenwood House, Hever Castle, Hampton Court Palace, Channel Four, BBC and numerous schools and colleges.
In 2018 Jo played the role of Prospero in an all female production of Shakespeare's The Tempest, and both Dukes in As You Like It with Controlled Chaos Theatre Company.
"Literature is filled with examples of writers and commentators discussing the importance of dance as a medium for social interaction.
My workshops help students envisage the life of a Shakespearian by inhabiting the period and physically moving in time, from start to finish. This is a great way for students to 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."