RSC Education works in partnership with schools, theatres, universities and other organisations both across the UK and internationally.
Associate Schools Programme
The Associate Schools Programme is our new partnership programme with regional theatres and schools across England.
Our Associate Schools Programme builds on the success of the Learning and Performance Network (LPN) which celebrated its ten year anniversary in July 2016.
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University of Birmingham
We are delighted to announce a five year collaboration with the University of Birmingham and its Stratford-based Shakespeare Institute at The Other Place. The project, which sees the University become a Founding Partner of The Other Place, is rooted in the vision of the theatre as a centre for creative and academic exchange. At its heart are three practice-led research projects that will take place each year where students, academics, and artists can develop, critique, and respond to provocations. Students will also have access to creative and teaching spaces at The Other Place, with RSC artists and practitioners providing input to undergraduate and postgraduate courses.
Embodying the theme of ‘radical mischief’, the collaboration will develop a laboratory for theatre artists working with scholars and students in creative experiments that stimulate connections between the arts, the academy, and society at large.
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Horace Mann School
RSC Education is running a 12-month program of work with Horace Mann School in the Bronx, New York. The partnership will also allow the RSC to work with a number of promising, low-income public school students from the surrounding area enrolled on the Summer on the Hill program which is based on the school's campus.
The collaboration with Horace Mann School includes a professional development program for teachers, residencies by RSC artists and a summer school program for students. During the year, students will also watch three current RSC productions streamed live into their classrooms.
Dulwich College International
RSC Education has renewed its partnership with Dulwich College International delivering an arts education programmer in eight of its 14 schools in Asia for another three years from 2019 to 2022.
The collaboration includes a wide variety of opportunities for students aged five to 18 to deepen their knowledge and understanding of Shakespeare’s works through using tried and tested strategies from the RSC’s rehearsal rooms. The fourth year programme will include teacher professional development (which for the first time will offer the RSC Certificate in Teaching Shakespeare), a student Shakespeare Festival and culminate in an Artist Residency in each of the participating schools.
Commenting on the partnership, Jacqui O’Hanlon, Director of RSC Education, said, “We are committed to long term partnerships and meaningful cultural exchange and are therefore delighted to be continuing our partnership with DCI schools in Asia. We all share a belief that Shakespeare’s work belongs to the world; it offers us the opportunity to explore human experience in all its many guises and like all great works of arts, helps us understand ourselves, each other and the world we live in.
"In the past three years we’ve had the joy of experiencing the truth of that with students across DCI sites, working in close collaboration with a host of committed and talented teachers. At the RSC we place a special emphasis on sharing the inheritance of Shakespeare’s work with children and young people and our education approaches are inspired by the work of RSC actors and directors in the rehearsal room. This new partnership period gives us the chance to deepen that work with students and teachers. I know it will continue to be a richly rewarding exchange, both for RSC artists working with DCI schools and for the students, teachers and audiences participating in that work.”
In addition to student activities, there is a structured programme of Professional Learning for Drama and English teachers across the Dulwich network supported by online resources. In future years, activities could include student residencies in the UK, writing and producing plays, workshops around other aspects of performance and stagecraft, and more professional learning elements for teachers.
Find out more about the RSC and Dulwich College International partnership.