The Artist in Residence programme sees an arts educator ‘live-in’ and conduct a tailored residency, developed in consultation with the school.
Huw McKinnon is an experienced actor, director and arts educator. Huw has worked with Bell Shakespeare Education since 2004 and was part of Bell Shakespeare’s The Players troupe in 2012. He has worked with students and teachers in Australia and overseas, leading school and community-based workshop, residencies and regional access workshops.
This programme is made possible thanks to BHP Billiton Sustainable Communities ongoing commitment to community and cultural activities. Director of BHP Billiton Sustainable Communities, Ian Wood said, “We are delighted to continue our association with Bell Shakespeare’s Artist in Residence programmes, which give local students in our communities access to a unique and inspiring educational and theatrical experience.”
“These initiatives help our youth in remote and regional Australia connect with the works of Shakespeare by seeing his plays performed in a contemporary setting, thereby helping them to link Shakespeare’s themes with current issues faced by teenagers today,” said Wood.
Peter Evans, Bell Shakespeare’s Co-Artistic Director said, “We want to reach as many students and teachers as we can and connect them with Shakespeare’s characters and stories. It is with the support of corporate partners such as BHP Billiton that our Learning programme can reach over 50,000 students each year.
“We look for contemporary parallels to his 400-year old stories and continue to develop exciting new ways of teaching Shakespeare in the classroom. We want audiences to experience the breadth of Shakespeare’s imagination and vision of humanity, his wit, his pity and his passion,” said Evans.
BHP Billiton Sustainable Communities is an ongoing supporter of Bell Shakespeare, enabling performances and masterclasses in communities in which they operate. Many of these communities are in very remote areas of the country, and for many students this is their first experience of Shakespeare and theatre.