Meet the Team
Find out more about our expert team of Shakespearians
Andy Reeves, Head of Learning Development
Andy joined SBT in July 2022. His previous roles include Head of Learning for Curve Theatre Leicester and Children and Young People Programme lead for Coventry City of Culture, building on 30 years of creative education specialism with schools, universities, libraries and communities. He has particular interest in developing participatory practice in Arts and Heritage education.
Nicola Hawley, Primary Education Manager
Nicola is an experienced primary school teacher, having taught extensively in a range of settings. She joined SBT in 2012, since when she has been instrumental in developing the award-winning Key Stages 1 and 2 schools’ programme. During this time, Nicola has facilitated the delivery and expansion of a full suite of engaging and inspiring educational experiences which explore Shakespeare’s works, life and times, complementing the National Curriculum. Nicola also leads the Trust’s Museums & Schools and Shakespeare Hubs programmes and can often be found delivering CPD to teachers across the country. In 2021, Nicola led a successful accreditation for the prestigious Sandford Award and has played a key role in the development and delivery of Shakespeare Week, the Trust’s flagship programme to give primary school children a great first encounter with Shakespeare.
Dr Nick Walton, Shakespeare Courses Development Manager
Nick devises and delivers programmes of study for school and university students, as well as for members of the general public. Nick has published widely on Shakespeare and performed in his plays on stage and screen. He has organized Shakespeare conferences in Brisbane, Prague, London and Singapore and has been a regular guest speaker for the RSC and the National Theatre. He is the co-creator of the Trivial Pursuit edition on Shakespeare, the Executive Secretary to the International Shakespeare Association and is a recipient of the 'Inspirational Educator Award in Teaching Shakespeare’.
Katie Ledwidge, Learning Team Administrator
Katie has worked for the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust for the last 17 years, booking, organising and administering the residential courses and school educational visits we deliver.
Contact Katie for booking enquiries: [email protected].
Sally Gray, Shakespeare Week Project Manager
Sally studied English Language and Linguistics at Durham University before taking a Primary PGCE at UCL’s Institute of Education in London. Sally has held various primary school teaching roles across the entire primary school age range and she has a particular passion for children’s literature. Sally has also worked for Scholastic as an editor of many of their Primary School book series’ as well as being Deputy Editor of Nursery Education and Junior Focus magazines. She is the author of ten books for Primary School and Early Years teachers published by Folens and Scholastic, covering a broad range of topics from cookery to phonics! Sally enjoys bringing her passion for primary education to devising and delivering exciting ways to explore Shakespeare’s works, life and times through the Trust’s wonderful Shakespeare Week programme to give young children positive and memorable first experiences of Shakespeare.
Sarah Fisher, Primary and Informal Learning Partnerships Officer
Sarah studied Drama at the University of Hull before completing both her Primary PGCE and Masters in Educational Innovation at the University of Warwick. Sarah has taught across the whole primary age range, in both the state and private sectors. Her last role was as the Head of English in a local Preparatory School. Sarah joined the Trust in 2014 and has particularly enjoyed working with teachers to develop a hands-on approach to discovering Shakespeare in the Primary classroom and creating a range of resources for the Trust’s award-winning outreach programme, Shakespeare Week. Sarah works closely with the five Shakespeare Houses to design and deliver a lively and engaging programme of informal learning activities. Sarah is currently developing the Trust’s Arts Award Programme.
Dr Darren Freebury-Jones, Lecturer in Shakespeare Studies (Domestic and International)
Darren's role involves building and developing relationships with organisations in key international target areas, principally the USA and Europe; conducting in-person and online international teaching; and working on the Trust’s online educational resources, including the project management of Self-led Macbeth. He is the author of Reading Robert Greene: Recovering Shakespeare’s Rival (Routledge); Shakespeare’s Tutor: The Influence of Thomas Kyd (Manchester University Press); General Editor for The Collected Plays of Robert Greene (Edinburgh University Press) and Associate Editor for The Collected Works of Thomas Kyd (Boydell and Brewer); journal Editor for Early Modern Digital Review; and a member of the Education Committee for British Shakespeare Association. His findings on the works of Shakespeare and his fellow dramatists have been discussed in national newspapers such as The Times, The Guardian, The Telegraph, The Observer, The Independent, and on Radio 4. In 2023 he was elected Fellow of the Royal Historical Society in recognition of his contributions to historical scholarship.
Dr Jennifer Waghorn, Lecturer in Shakespeare Studies (Digital Education)
Jennifer's role involves sharing knowledge of Shakespeare’s life, works and times with school, university and leisure learners, and developing the Learning team’s digital presence. Jennifer has produced a number of online Shakespeare resources, including three Shakespeare-focused online learning courses (MOOCs) and a digital exhibition on Shakespeare and music. Her doctoral thesis examined the original surviving music of Shakespeare’s theatre company from 1609-25. She has advised on music history for the Royal Shakespeare Company since 2018, and has worked with the Historical Dance Society on reconstructing Jacobean court masques. She has published and written forthcoming research on: commemorating Shakespeare as “corpse and corpus”, performing Shakespeare in lockdown, seventeenth-century theatrical revivals, Shakespearean actor-musicians, and tracing the lives of early modern women connected to Shakespeare’s theatre company. She has provided edited music and commentaries for critical editions of John Fletcher’s Love’s Cure, Fletcher and Philip Massinger’s The False One, and Ben Jonson’s Volpone. She is also a theatre composer, musician and musical director; she has written and performed music for around thirty productions (mostly Shakespeare) with various theatre companies, including a musical reimagining of Twelfth Night for the Arcola Theatre.
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