Jamie Brown facilitates a movement workshop with NYT members (c) 1623

We tailor inspirational training sessions to your needs, using text, characters and themes from Shakespeare to develop skills for a variety of people, in particular, emerging artists and business leaders.


As part of our commitment to training, we offer a trainee actors course to anyone who is passionate about Shakespeare and serious about becoming a professional actor.

1623 trainee actors 2014-15Trainees come together once a month in Derby from September to June for a series of workshops to develop skills in text, voice, movement, combat, singing, puppetry and acting to camera.

While the focus in each workshop is on Shakespeare, the skills that trainees develop are transferable to all aspects of theatre and performance.

The course culminates in June at QUAD, where trainees perform scenes and speeches from Shakespeare's plays in a showcase event.

To read about a former trainee's experiences on the course, click here.

The 2014-15 trainee actors course is now under way and the showcase will take place in June 2015.

Auditions for the 2015-16 course will take place in July 2015. Watch this space for details.

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Shakespeare for Leaders © 16231623 theatre company and QUAD are working in partnership to offer a range of unique leadership, management and staff development training that is delivered to meet the specific needs of your organisation.

"The way you used Shakespeare’s plays to develop our skills was inspirational. Thank you!"


Shakespeare for Leaders with Associated Northcliffe Digital © 1623As Shakespeare's plays cover a wide range of themes and issues, they can inspire us to look at new ways of thinking and behaving. We tailor company away days to address any topic whether it's communication, leadership or team-building.

"An enjoyable day, which gave the whole team the chance to sharpen verbal and non-verbal communication skills"

Janet Pryme, Open University


Members of Derby Youth Theatre in Macbeth © 1623Passing on the physical and vocal skills needed to perform Shakespeare and other classical playwrights is important to us. We believe that we must share our skills with talented young people to ensure that high-quality classical theatre takes place in the future.  We also offer advice on drama school and university auditions.

"Thank you for an amazing workshop ... it was really fun and informative "

Tom, Derby LIVE Youth Theatre


Exploring a scene from Macbeth © 1623We are passionate about sharing our performance skills with other theatre professionals, particularly those new to the industry. We also want to continue developing our skills, as well as learning new ones, with other fellow professionals. From time to time, we hold Shakespeare workshops facilitated by associate artists and guests.

"I thoroughly enjoyed the workshop last weekend. Learnt a lot, too!"

Sarah Marie Cole, West Midlands




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