Acting Workshops in Schools

Acting Shakespeare – Workshops for Schools (Auckland, New Zealand)


Performance of Shakespeare workshops that involve drama and English students in an engaging, unique, dynamic and informative manner.

One off, two hour performance of Shakespeare workshops.

Assistance in enriching the students understanding of drama achievement standards.

Support for advanced English student extension programs in junior schools through acting Shakespeare.


Kirsty Hamilton is a graduate of Toi Whakaari the New Zealand Drama School, SGCNZ Globe Fellow 2007, Graduate European Act 2009 through the London Actors Centre in Association with RADA. She holds a MA in Creative Writing from the International Institute of Modern Letters at Victoria University and a BA Honours Screen Production from Auckland University.  She was a chosen Participant Director and Editors Guild Female Film Incubator 2016, and a Chosen New Zealand Film Commission Melbourne International Film Festival 2016 participant. Kirsty is a passionate, writer, actress, director, producer, voice, and acting teacher. Her most recent short film, Cold, premiered at the Sandy Dennis Film Festival in 2019 and she is currently developing a fourth short film and feature screenplay in 2020.


To encourage students to actively participate in the speaking and exploration of Shakespearean texts. And to enhance the ability of students meeting the required achievement standards. To encourage listening and communication skills.  Finally, to foster creativity, partner, group work and the practical application of learned skills.


‘She taught me techniques about how to explore that I could immediately put to use… the exercises were varied and stretched my understanding of the text by pushing it in many different directions, the result was a deep exploration of text I had only read in one way previously’.  – Rachel Dyson McGregor, Unitec graduate and actress.

‘It stopped me thinking of Shakespeare as an alien language and helped me get into my character’. – Student, Epsom Normal Primary.

‘Having been an assessor at SGCNZ Auckland Sheilah Winn Festival of Shakespeare in Schools, Kirsty has taken notes …. and provided workshops to address areas…’ – Dawn Sanders CEO the Shakespeare Globe Center of New Zealand, ONZM, QSM.