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Who we are

Each Young Shakespeare Company production is performed by a cast of dynamic professional actors, with a passion for performing Shakespeare for younger audiences.

Our outstanding classically-trained actors are experienced and confident performing to a schools audience and all hold a DBS or CRB certificate.

Our productions are devised and created by Artistic Directors Sarah Gordon and Christopher Geelan who launched the Young Shakespeare Company in 1988.

Our creative team also includes designer Bridget Kimak, composer Jenny Gould, fight director Matt Gardner, lighting designer Ken Coker, associate directors Paul Gladwin, Fiona Penney and Martha Geelan, casting director Haf Gardner and photographer and website designer John Reading.

Since 1988 our acclaimed productions have been seen by over one million school children in thousands of schools nationwide.

Sarah Gordon has a Master’s Degree in Education and is the author of “Active Approaches To Primary School Shakespeare”(1989). Sarah took part in Dr. Rex Gibson’s ground-breaking “Shakespeare and Schools” project at the Cambridge Institute of Education and has subsequently become the national pioneer of Primary School Shakespeare. She has devised and led workshops and training courses for Education Faculty of Cambridge University, the National Theatre, the English Shakespeare Company, the English National Ballet, the Open Air Theatre Regents Park, the Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond, TAG Theatre in Scotland and for Inspectors and Advisors throughout the country

Christopher Geelan is a theatre director specialising in making Shakespeare accessible to young audiences. Productions directed for the Young Shakespeare Company include: Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Hamlet, The Tempest, Twelfth Night, Much Ado About Nothing and Henry V. His work as a freelance director includes a national tour of Romeo and Juliet for the English Shakespeare Company, open air productions of Henry IV Parts 1 and 2 for Principal Theatre Company, Measure for Measure and Othello at the Cochrane Theatre for Theatre Unlimited and ten productions for the Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond. Christopher has been a guest lecturer on ‘Shakespeare in Performance’ for the Open University and his educational projects have been featured on News at Ten and on BBC Newsround.

Bridget Kimak trained as an artist/sculptor and later took a postgraduate degree in theatre design at The Bristol Old Vic theatre School. She has created acclaimed designs for theatres and opera houses in the UK, Europe and the USA. For more information please visit www.kimak.co.uk

Jenny Gould trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the London College of Music and Media and now works as a composer, musical director, vocal coach and freelance pianist. She has composed original music and songs for eight Young Shakespeare Company productions since 2001 including “Macbeth”, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, “Twelfth Night”, “Henry V”, “Romeo and Juliet” and “The Tempest”. Her other credits include Musical Director/Composer for Chichester Festival Youth Theatre, Principal Theatre Company and Full Circle Children’s Theatre Company, and acting conductor/Composer for Finchley Children’s Music Group who in 2009 premiered and recorded her set of children’s songs, Songs of Imaginings. Jenny’s children’s musical The Hunt for William Shakespeare written with children’s novelist and playwright/librettist Roy Apps was performed at the Minerva Theatre in Chichester by CFYT as part of the 2010 season. Jenny is currently working on a new operatic adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s The Withered Arm, as well as a children’s opera commissioned by Opera Brava.