"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 was created by theatre professional Jo Bartlett. She has designed Shakespeare 4 Schools workshops to build the understanding and love of Shakespeare amongst students in a fun and memorable way.
Jo studied Drama at university and is a Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Music in Speech & Drama. Jo 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 that include; 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 is an actress and has worked in historical dance for a number of years, both as a performer and producer, designing educational workshops and performance projects. Through this 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.
Jo is currently rehearsing the role of Prospero for an all female production of Shakespeare's The Tempest; http://www.brockleyjack.co.uk/portfolio/the-tempest/
"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."