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Who we are

Our interactive productions are led by a team of dynamic professional actors with a passion for inspiring younger audiences with a love for Shakespeare.

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

Our regular creative team also includes associate directors Andrew Strafford-Baker and Fiona Penney, designer Bridget Kimak, composer Jenny Gould, and photographer and website designer John Reading.

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

We receive regular invitations to take our work overseas. In recent years our productions have been performed for young people in China, Kuwait, Gibraltar and Madrid.

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 and The Merry Wives of Windsor for Principal Theatre Company, Measure for Measure and Othello at the Cochrane Theatre for Theatre Unlimited and ten productions of Shakespeare for young people at the Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond. Christopher has been a guest lecturer on ‘Shakespeare in Performance’ for the Open University.