Our Impact

We work to ensure our programs engage people of all ages and backgrounds, and reach all corners of the country, from inner city suburbs to remote locations across Australia.

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How we make an impact

Shakespeare and his great works are a means by which we can explore our common aspirations and concerns. That’s why we work to ensure our programs engage people of all ages and backgrounds, and reach all corners of the country, from inner city suburbs to remote locations across Australia.

We ensure schools and community groups can access our mainstage theatre productions, giving many people opportunities they might not otherwise have had.

We travel to regional and remote areas, staging productions in school halls, community centres and theatres – wherever we’re wanted and needed – and deliver interactive drama-based activities and performances that instill in our young people a love of language and an appreciation for the complexities of humanity.

Support from individual donors and partners enables us to reach communities we might not otherwise be able to reach with our programs; from empowering young women in Western Sydney, to disenfranchised remote schools where many students have below average literacy levels, to inspire passion into their studies, unpacking Shakespeare’s plays, demystifying the language, making them accessible and fun.

In 2020


total audience reached through our digital streaming initiatives


of federal electorates reached through out learning and outreach programs


students and teachers engaged across Australia through digital and face to face programs


people engaged with a Bell Shakespeare program or performance, either online or in person.

Making Shakespeare accessible and relevant to Australians everywhere.

Bell Shakespeare have inspired us to expect everything, aim high, and step outside the box.

Alison Kerimofski, Geographe Education Support Centre, Busselton WA
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Our Reach

The Players: In school performances that travel to every state and territory

Juvenile Justice Program

Bell Shakespeare’s renowned Juvenile Justice program for young men and women commenced in 2010 at two NSW facilities – Frank Baxter and Juniperina Juvenile Justice centres.

Juvenile Justice Program

Hearts In A Row

In 2005 we created Hearts In A Row to provide people from socio-economically challenged schools and charitable groups with the opportunity to be transported to another world, through Shakespeare’s timeless words.

Hearts In A Row

2020 Impact Report

We are delighted that in a time of considerable isolation, we were able to connect with so many people and in myriad ways including, eventually, some face-to-face performances in schools. Read our 2020 Impact Report to find out how we shared Shakespeare in a year like no other.


Shakespeare understood the plight of common man - thank you for understanding it also.

Jane Vaughan, Railway Town Public School NSW
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Celebrating our partnerships

The following organisations, trusts and foundations are supporting our national education and creative development programs:

Neilson Foundation
Crown Resorts Foundation Crown Resorts
Packer Family Foundation
Scully Fund
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Robert Salzer Foundation
Coca Cola Aus Foundation
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