About Us

About Us2021-02-10T13:55:30+00:00

The Shakespeare Schools Festival was launched in 2010, to strengthen the link between the Arts and Education, at its core, the festival is an educational program, aimed at improving language and social skills through the Performing Arts. We aim to unite children from diverse backgrounds in Southern Africa and empower them to transform their lives, using the unique power of theatre and the works of Shakespeare as the vehicle. Since it’s inception, the festival has become Africa’s largest Shakespeare youth drama program and has worked with over 490 schools, 9000 youth, 670 teachers across the Western Cape, Gauteng, Kwa-Zulu Natal and the Eastern Cape.

Our objectives

Alongside our annual Festival, we offer training programs for teachers, young learner directors, casts of the schools in preparation for their performances at the festival. We are committed to reaching children with special educational needs, from diverse socio and economical backgrounds. Whether we’re engaging with young people in a theatre, school hall or classroom, our creative approach to education unlocks their potential. With us, young people change their attitude to learning

Our objectives include but are not limited to the;

  • Promotion of life skills, social cohesion and ambition.
  • Promotion of educational entertainment, especially in literacy, literature and the performing arts.
  • To provide a unique cultural and creative experience to young people from disadvantaged backgrounds
Our values

Our values are a statement of intent. They embody the visceral, energetic and ambitious way in which we work to fulfil our mission

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Our team behind the scenes

Meet our passionate team who make the work we do possible at the Shakespeare Schools Festival South Africa (SSFSA)
– proudly brought to you by Educape Trust.

Leadership

Kseniya Filinova-Bruton

CEO and Founder SSFSA

Blythe Stuart Linger

SSFSA Managing Director

Festival Co-Ordinators

Jade Beeby

SSFSA Festival Co-Ordinator Johannesburg

Heather Stead

SSFSA Festival Co-Ordinator George

Nine Magagula

SSFSA Festival Co-Ordinator Makhanda

Verne Rowin Munsamy

SSFSA Festival Co-Ordinator Durban

Sabatha Ngcobo

SSFSA Festival Co-Ordinator KwaZulu-Natal

Cindy Anneline Tommy

SSFSA Festival Co-Ordinator Cape Town

Shafiq Kamulo

SSFSA Festival Co-Ordinator Port Elizabeth

Administration

Keraleigh Hodson

SSFSA Administrator

We continue to make Shakespeare relevant in South Africa…

…by encouraging the schools to explore ways of creating unique productions analysing of the current events, cultural representation of various communities, as well as translating scripts into African languages.

OUR STORIES

Since 2009, SSFSA has showcased…

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Audience

The festival has built the capacity of 693 teachers as drama and performance arts directors,
43 guest and student directors and 38 volunteer directors and facilitators.
Over ten years the festival has attracted a combined audience of 25 992 people around the country.

OUR IMPACT

Theatre Partners

RESOURCES

The SSFSA is fully interactive

We provide guidance and resources through scripts, training, framework and feedback, allowing Learners and
Educators to successfully direct and perform Shakespearean plays from the first line to the final bow.