About Us

About Us2023-05-30T14:11:19+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

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.


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 KwaZulu-Natal

Sabatha Ngcobo

SSFSA Festival Facilitator KwaZulu-Natal

Cindy Anneline Tommy

SSFSA Festival Facilitator Cape Town

Vuyo Ngetu

SSFSA Festival Co-Ordinator Gqeberha


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.

Since 2009, SSFSA has showcased…


The festival has built the capacity of 926 teachers as drama and performance arts directors,
167 guest and student directors and 162 volunteer directors and facilitators.
Over thirteen years the festival has attracted a combined audience of 52 238 people.

Theatre Partners

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.

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