We have extended our collaboration for five more years, giving students further opportunities to work with RSC artists and practitioners.

Our successful partnership with the University of Birmingham has been extended for a further five years.

Students from the university will have the chance to work with RSC artists, while practitioners will provide input into undergraduate and postgraduate courses. It will also give us the chance to work closely with the internationally renowned academics at the Shakespeare Institute and the wider university.

Our Executive Director, Catherine Mallyon, said: “Our partnership with the University of Birmingham is rooted in a shared commitment to and belief in arts and humanities subjects as fields that shape the world around us and contribute to a better and more equitable society. Together, UoB and the RSC create formal and informal opportunities for knowledge exchange about Shakespeare’s work and theatre practice – bringing together students, scholars and artists to explore the place and relevance of that work in our world today. It’s an incredibly rich partnership that we are privileged to be part of.”

A group of students sit in a circle on the stage.

About the partnership

This latest collaboration builds on a previous commitment, which saw the University become a founding partner of The Other Place. The relationship has already led to innovative new research, including the ‘Signing Shakespeare’ project led by Abigail Rokison-Woodall.  

We are also partners with the University of Birmingham in the Everything to Everybody project. The University and Birmingham City Council are collaborating on a £1.7 million plan to revive the Birmingham Shakespeare Memorial Library, housed in the Library of Birmingham, extending the library’s founding principle that culture should be actively owned by everybody.

Professor Tom Lockwood, Head of the School of English, Drama and Creative Studies, said: “Two great institutions continuing to work together will create further enormous benefits, combining our world-leading arts research with the RSC’s cutting-edge artistic practice. Our students are at the heart of the collaboration and are encouraged to study and create theatre in Shakespeare's own daring spirit. They benefit from the expertise of RSC artists and practitioners through innovative modules, masterclasses, workshops and projects.”