Bell Shakespeare educator to work with Blackwater kids
LUCKY students from Blackwater State High School will spend a week with Bell Shakespeare educator and experience actor Huw McKinnon next month.
The artist-in-residence program sees an arts educator "live-in" and conduct a tailored residency, developed in consultation with the school.
Huw McKinnon is an experienced director as well.
He has worked with Bell Shakespeare education since 2004 and was part of Bell Shakespeare's The Players troupe in 2012.
To add to his list of accomplishments, Huw has worked with students and teachers across Australia and overseas, leading school and community-based workshops and residencies.
The program was made possible thanks to BHP Billiton Sustainable Communities' ongoing commitment to community and cultural activities.
Director of BHP Billiton Sustainable Communities Ian Wood said these initiatives would help youth in remote and regional Australia connect with the works of Shakespeare by seeing his plays performed in a contemporary setting.
Peter Evans, Bell Shakespeare's co-artistic director. said the production wanted to reach as many students and teachers as it could to connect them with Shakespeare's characters and stories.
"It is with the support of corporate partners such as BHP Billiton that our learning program can reach more than 50,000 students each year," he said.
"We look for contemporary parallels to his 400-year-old stories and continue to develop exciting new ways of teaching Shakespeare in the classroom.
"We want audiences to experience the breadth of Shakespeare's imagination and vision of humanity, his wit, his pity and his passion."
Bell Shakespeare is Australia's only national touring theatre company.
It tours three or more productions of Shakespeare's plays and other classics to state capitals and up to 30 regional and rural centres each year.
Huw will be in Blackwater from Monday, July 13.