Waimea Colleges teacher of performing arts, Melanie Stewart, has been selected as one of eight teachers around the country to represent New Zealand in London as a member of Shakespeare Globe Centre New Zealand Teachers Go Global 2018 (SGCNZ TGG 2018).
The group will participate in a two-week programme in July, with the Globe’s leading practitioners and a director. Based mainly at the theatre, Melanie will be involved in workshops, Q&A sessions, performances and will have the opportunity to perform for the public on the Globe stage.
Melanie says she is very excited to have been accepted, “I have a passion for Shakespeare, and for giving students the opportunity to perform Shakespeare, and hope this experience will give me more tools to help my students.
“I am especially looking forward to performing on the Globe theatre stage, this has been a dream of mine for many years, it hasn’t really sunk in that it’s going to happen.”
SGCNZ chief executive, Dawn Sanders, says the tour provides a rare chance for these teachers to work with some of the UKs leading practitioners and experience first-hand the open-air Globe Theatre.
“Proportionally, students of teachers that have experienced this opportunity have themselves gone on to perform in SGCNZ events such as the Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival.”

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