Local Streatham teen treads the boards at Shakespeare’s Globe

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Louisa Millen, 16, from Streatham, is one of twenty international students to tread the boards at Shakespeare’s Globe this August as part of the Shakespeare’s Globe Summer School.

Students from nine nations are welcomed at London’s famous Shakespeare’s Globe for the Globe Education Summer School from 29 July to 9 August.

The students from Brazil, Croatia, France, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Switzerland, the UK and the USA are half-way through their course, experiencing in-depth, practical sessions with directors, scholars and masters in the fields of movement, voice and text before taking to the stage themselves in the world-famous theatre on Thursday 8 August.

Patrick Spottiswoode, Director Globe Education, welcomed the students, “It is wonderful that so many of our students this year are joining us from three continents, reflecting the international appeal of Shakespeare and the unique Globe theatre.

The Summer School is an opportunity to learn valuable practical skills from theatre professionals in Shakespeare’s own theatre.

Globe Education is dedicated to supporting emerging talent in the creative arts both on our home soil and internationally - these young people will take away insights and experiences which they can share in their respective communities and careers.”

Natalia Del Fiol, 18, a participant from Sao Paolo, Brazil, says of the experience so far, “from the first I have opened myself up to this wonderful environment; this community with people from all over the world.

"Studying here in Shakespeare’s Globe sparks your imagination and makes you understand why it is so special to perform here and to learn here. I’m so grateful for the experience.”

Education was central to American actor and director, Sam Wanamaker’s vision to recreate Shakespeare’s Globe on Bankside in London.

The project was the brainchild of two "immigrants": Sam, from America, and Theo Crosby, the original architect of the Globe, who was South African. Today Shakespeare’s Globe is the acknowledged international home for the study of Shakespeare in performance.

 

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