National Teacher Conference

A weekend of stimulating and provocative conversations about the teaching of Shakespeare in Australia, with local and international speakers.

Our National Teacher Conference is back for 2022 and this time we’re welcoming you on site, as well as online. Join us at Pier 2/3 or watch live from the comfort of home for an enriching weekend of reflection on Shakespeare and the way we teach his plays.

Hear from a broad range of speakers as we discuss innovative approaches, new concepts, proven tips and tricks for classroom practice, and stimulating ideas about Shakespeare.

This year’s keynote speaker is actor, author and creative producer Ben Crystal (UK). As co-author of the renowned Shakespeare’s Words and an explorer of original practices in Shakespeare rehearsal and production, Ben will share his insights into Shakespeare and the future of education.

Also joining us is Curt L. Tofteland (USA), Founder of Shakespeare Behind Bars, who brings with him 40+ years of professional theatre experience as director, actor, producer, playwright, writer, teacher, and program developer.

On the home front we welcome actor and academic Dr Jane Montgomery Griffiths (VIC), Dr Kate Flaherty (ACT) from the Australian National University, and Bell Shakespeare’s Huw McKinnon as well as special performances from The Players.

More exciting speakers will be announced soon.

This is a fantastic opportunity for teachers to take a step away from the front of the classroom and learn from top industry practitioners, while connecting with Australian teachers of Shakespeare from diverse backgrounds.

Teachers may register for the in-person event which includes on-site lunch and refreshments at Bell Shakespeare HQ at Pier 2/3, or join us online and watch the live-streamed event.

Please note, in-person registrations will be allocated in order of booking until sold out, and are strictly limited.

Who's it for?

Teachers of all levels of experience

Dates & Times

Saturday 27 – Sunday 28 August 2022
10am – 4.30pm daily (AEST)


The Seed, Pier 2/3
Walsh Bay Arts Precinct
1/13A Hickson Road
Dawes Point NSW 2000

How much?

  • One day in-person registration: $165 per person
  • Two day in-person registration: $275 per person
  • Online registration: $55 per day, per person

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