By Juliano Oliveira
A fully-funded mentorship with theatre company Bell Shakespeare has 30 open positions for teachers from regional, rural and remote Australian schools. The applications close on 25 November and winners will be announced in December.
For four days, the selected professionals will receive special training in teaching Shakespeare at Bell Shakespeare HQ in Sydney. There, they will also design a new curriculum content, and network with other teachers from across Australia. In the end, all recipients will experience the Company’s production of Hamlet at the Sydney Opera House.
Is also part of the mentorship to have continuous support from Bell Shakespeare artists and staff throughout 2020, as well as access to in-school and in-theatre programs to support their continued learning
Bell Shakespeare’s Artistic Director Peter Evans said that the mentorship was an unrivalled professional development opportunity for teachers from regional and remote areas. “Teachers come away from the experience with the confidence to implement new approaches in the classroom and lesson plans that include more active and engaging methods of teaching.”
Gill Perkins, Executive Director of Bell Shakespeare, said the program was an important part of the Company’s longstanding commitment to reaching regional and remote Australia.
“The Regional Teacher Mentorship has a significant impact, especially in smaller communities that may not otherwise have such opportunities. We would not be able to run important programs like this without the generous support of our partners in this program; Teachers Mutual Bank and the Australian Government,” she said.
The recipients will join Bell Shakespeare in two tranches in March 2020. All travel, accommodation and professional learning expenses are provided.