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 with distinction from the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Shakespeare Institute where she is currently completing her PhD on Directorless Shakespeare, co-creating Shakespeare productions in UK, Italy and Germany, in which she performed Richard in Richard II, Beatrice and Dogberry in Much Ado About Nothing, and Lady Macbeth in Macbeth. Elena was Nerissa in the historic Merchant of Venice in the Venetian Jewish Ghetto, 2016 has performed a one-woman West End show in the world premiere of Phaedra I (2019) Elena devised and performed the Rape of Lucrece for the inauguration of the Verona Shakespeare Fringe Festival, 2021, and ‘Shakespeare’s Coming Home’, Stratford upon Avon, 2022. She played Ophelia in a new work at the Gerolomo Theatre, Milan, and Hamlet in the Verona Shakespeare Fringe Festival, 2022 and directed and performed in Othello with the Venice Shakespeare Company in Venice, 2022.
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.
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.
Hunter is a graduate of the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts. Since graduating he has combined acting, parenting, train-driving and travel. He has been a guest performer on many TV shows, from being abducted by aliens in Blue Healers, to being dissolved by intestinal acid juices in a mining ‘planet’ on Farscape. In theatre he has played many and varied roles across many formats, the Shakespeare world has been a major focus for him, performing in Taming of the Shrew(Petruchio), Much Ado About Nothing (Benedick) and Othello (Iago) for the Venice Shakespeare Company, and the eponymous hero in Anərkē Shakespeare’sMacbeth. He performed Bottom in Midsummer Night’s Dream for the Melbourne Comedy Festival and collaborated with the Melbourne Shakespeare Company inThe Tempest, Comedy of Errors, Much Ado About Nothing and Twelfth Night. He appeared in the historic Merchant of Venice, in the Venetian Ghetto, 2016.