To Thine Own Self Be True

Online Leadership and Communication Workshops

Challenge the way you see the world and explore leadership and presentation skills through the lens of Shakespeare’s timeless plays. To Thine Own Self Be True is a series of online workshops that over three weeks will develop your leadership and communication skills in a style that is true to you. With a focus on presenting in both physical and online environments, these professional development workshops are perfect for young professionals looking to improve their skills, or those looking for a refresh. Delivered via Zoom, and facilitated by Bell Shakespeare’s Associate Director James Evans, with actors Jack Crumlin (Hamlet) and Emma Jackson (Macbeth).

SESSION 1: LEADERSHIP LESSONS FROM SHAKESPEARE

What makes a good leader? This interactive session will examine the values, qualities and behaviours of successful and unsuccessful leaders in Shakespeare and how these relate to the workplace. A combination of performance (by Bell Shakespeare actors) and discussion, participants will be encouraged to reflect on their own behaviour and leadership style.  

SESSION 2: LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND SPEECHMAKING

A practical, skills-based session including exercises on presence and holding the attention of a group in both a physical and online setting. Exercises will be based on the St Crispin’s Day speech from Henry V. How can we use language to influence, inspire and unite?

SESSION 3: PRACTICAL APPLICATION OF LESSONS FROM WEEKS 1 & 2

This session will bring together ideas and skills learned in the first two sessions to guide participants in the creation and delivery of a short speech on a topic of each participant’s choosing. This exercise will help to apply, practice and reinforce the lessons learned in the first two weeks in a relaxed environment, with the opportunity for feedback from the program facilitators and other participants.

DATES

Session 1: Live workshop Tuesday 4 August 2020, 5.30pm – 6.30pm AEST
Session 2: Live workshop Tuesday 11 August 2020, 5.30pm – 6.30pm AEST
Session 3: Live workshop Tuesday 18 August 2020, 5.30pm – 6.30pm AEST

PRICE

$240 per participant.

Please note: Individual sessions are not available to be purchased or undertaken separately, as each week’s module builds in skills and knowledge of content.

About our facilitator

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. He most recently directed Bell Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing which toured nationally in 2019 and appeared as Horatio in Bell Shakespeare’s production of Hamlet. 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.