The Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble’s vision is to strengthen the connections and relationships between community members, and to create evocative, engaging theatre that awakes the senses and impassions the lives of its audiences and artists.

To that end, QSE’s Christina Koch (pictured) is currently touring northern NSW in search of budding public speakers and community leaders.

In a series of workshops from Armidale to Lismore, Christina will work with groups of business practitioners, presenters, and students of performance to develop vocal resonance, persuasive speaking, personal connection to text, and development of memory – all through a look at the life and work of William Shakespeare. 

Ms Koch is a theatre practitioner (voice coach, actor, director, producer) of over 15 years experience in Brisbane, working with the Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble, Queensland Theatre Company and the Bell Shakespeare Company during that time.

Since 2002 she has trained in the Linklater approach to voice training through the Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble with master teacher Rob Pensalfini, and internationally in 2008 at Shakespeare and Company in Massachusetts, where she was invited to return as a guest participant in a specialised workshop on Shakespeare’s Rhetoric.  

Back in Australia, she applied this learning to her direction of a cast of senior legal practitioners, including the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Queensland and the former Attorney-General, in a reading of Twelve Angry Men for the Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble.

Christina was assistant director to John Bell AO on Bell Shakespeare and Queensland Theatre Company’s 2009 co-production of The Alchemist, and was script writer for Kerry O’Brien’s Hypothetical at the 2009 Australian Public Sector Anti-Corruption Conference. 

Ms Koch said today that she is ‘looking forward to working with people who genuinely want to improve their connection to their audience, and to be more confident, ethical, and persuasive in their approach to public speaking – Shakespeare teaches us to be bolder in our willingness to make connections.’
 
After an enthusiastic reception by members of Armidale’s Chamber of Commerce and Dorrigo’s Dramatic Club, and calls for return extended workshops, the ‘Shakespeare’s Playground’ workshop now comes to South Grafton’s refurbished Walker’s Marina Hotel on 20 February, and to the Dorrigo Theatre on 6 & 7 March, with future workshops under discussion for Maclean/Yamba, Lismore and Ballina.

Participants in the recent ‘Shakespeare’s Playground’ workshop in Dorrigo described the session as ‘an easy introduction to the world of Shakespeare’ and expressed enjoyment of the workshop’s variety, pace and flexibility.

 Further information: Christina Koch on 0423 295 493 or christinakoch@bigpond.com