Learning and Development

‘It was honestly the best leadership course I have done. I haven’t stopped raving about it.’ 
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Shakespeare’s characters and stories provide an imaginative springboard from which to explore professional development in your people. His plays explore universal themes encompassing leadership, influence, persuasion, gender and power. 

Bell Shakespeare offers both public and private learning and development programs drawing on our expertise in communication, storytelling and creative thinking to challenge participants to think about their workplace behaviours and skills.

For further information contact Corporate Programs and Events Executive Eliza Auld, on 02 8298 9071. 

Book now for our next Leadership in Action public workshop.

Upcoming Dates: 2020 dates coming soon.
Venue: Sydney Opera House
Price: $1,500+GST per participant

Communication and presentation skills for leadership success.

Calling all emerging and aspiring leaders!

Join Bell Shakespeare for this one-day Professional Development workshop at the Sydney Opera House that combines unique insights into the communication styles of Shakespeare’s great leaders with tangible techniques from the actors’ toolkit.

Throughout the workshop you’ll learn to:

  • Present with confidence, charisma and authenticity;
  • Consider and enhance your leadership style through performance techniques;
  • Use story-telling and speech-making to inspire your colleagues;
  • Apply leadership lessons from Shakespeare to contemporary situations.

Bell Shakespeare’s professional artists and facilitators will provide you with tangible techniques from the actors’ toolkit, all while exploring the communication strategies required in modern leadership through the lens of one of the greatest writers in history – William Shakespeare.


James Evans is Associate Director at Bell Shakespeare. He is a graduate of NIDA (Acting) and holds an MA (English) from the University of Sydney. In 2019 he directed Bell Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing and in 2018, Julius Caesar. In 2017 he appeared as Buckingham in Bell Shakespeare’s production of Richard III. As a facilitator, James has conducted hundreds of Shakespeare masterclasses in schools, universities, theatres and juvenile detention centres across Australia, Asia and the US. In the corporate sector, James has established and facilitated professional development programs for Deutsche Bank, Telstra, Australian Unity and PwC.

“The most valuable and most interesting development experience I have been involved in.”
Telstra participant

“Leadership training through the lens of theatre – especially Shakespeare – was inspirational and amazingly effective. James is a maestro!”
Deutsche Bank participant