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David Schalkwyk is Professor of Shakespeare Studies at Queen Mary University of London

and Director of the Centre for Global Shakespeare.  He has published articles and books on

Shakespeare and acted in Anerke Shakespeare and Venice Shakespeare Company

productions. He is keen to bring theatrical practitioners and academic scholars together in the

quest for dynamic Shakespeare, open to all.


Elena Pellone is the Artistic Facilitator of the Venice Shakespeare Company

and Anərkē Shakespeare. She is a graduate of Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (Shakespeare), the University of Melbourne and has an MA from Shakespeare Institute, where she is currently completing her PhD on Directorless Shakespeare. She has taught Shakespeare at the University Birmingham, Queen Mary UL, Mary Baldwin University, Boston University (London), University of Würzburg. Elena  has performed a one-woman West End show in the world premiere of Phaedra I (2019) and recently appeared as Hecuba in Trojan Women at Holy Trinity Church, Stratford upon Avon, where she will be playing Lady Macbeth in March. Elena is due to direct Othello in Venice, 2020.


Bridget Sweeney is a graduate of the National Theatre Drama School, Australia. She has predominately worked in theatre, with credits including Teaching and Learning (Backyard Theatre Ensemble), Too Soon, Too Now (Melbourne Fringe Festival), Holy Cow! (Bloomsday) and with the Melbourne Shakespeare Company; The Comedy of Errors, Much Ado About Nothing and Twelfth Night. She made her UK acting debut with Anərkē Shakespeare in the 2019 production of Richard II as Bolingbroke at the Rose Playhouse.