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Education & Outreach Officer


£20,000 - £23,000 pa (depending on experience)

40 hours per week, 12 month fixed term contract

Guildford Shakespeare Company are an award-winning theatre company based in Guildford, Surrey, specialising in site-specific theatre. Over the last 8 years we have produced 20 ‘main season’ productions, seen by over 40,000 people. We are now in the position to begin expanding our education and outreach provision.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and reliable person to play a key role shaping the future of GSC’s education and outreach potential, both within schools and our current in-house drama clubs and projects. Your role will include organising, programming and facilitating our existing in-house drama class provision, as well as developing new classes.

This role will also be crucial in expanding the work we already do in schools and colleges to engage with a wider audience base, and ensure that GSC continues to offer the most up to date services for supplementing the teaching of Shakespeare. GSC’s productions are fresh and dynamic and our work with schools and colleges must emulate this, exploring these texts as plays written for performance.

This role will also encompass co-ordination of outreach work to complement our main productions and create creative content for projects.

We are seeking a highly organised, outgoing and motivated person to head up the delivery of our education work and to ensure the smooth running of the department.  It is essential that you have a passion for the arts, experience of working with children and young people, and first-hand experience of the practical application of drama. Applicants must also be fully computer literate, have excellent communication and written skills, and experience of working in a busy office environment. The post holder will be required to undertake an Enhanced DBS check.


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Closing date for applications:  Monday 9 June, 12md

Interviews:                          Tuesday 17 & Thursday 19 June

Position Begins:                    Monday 4 August

Please send your CV with a covering letter explaining why you are most suited for this position to Sarah Gobran at info@guildford-shakespeare-company.co.uk or 101 Walnut Tree Close, Guildford, Surrey, GU1 4UQ

If you would like further information please contact Sarah Gobran by e-mail info@guildford-shakespeare-company.co.uk

Matt Pinches Co-Founder & ProducerMatt Pinches

First Shakespeare you saw: The Taming of the Shrew
Favourite part you’ve played: Benedick
Favourite play: The Comedy of Errors (closely followed by Hamlet)
Favourite place in Guildford: The Mount, St Catherine's Hill

Originally from Worcester, Matt trained at University College Bretton Hall in West Yorkshire, graduating in 1998 with an honours degree in Dramatic Art. Open-air theatre gave him his first job, playing D'Artagnan in The Three Musketeers in Manchester. Since then he has continued to work in all forms of theatre from panto to TIE, from national No.1 tours to village halls, as well TV commercials and short films.
It was in 2002 whilst playing the Emperor of Lilliput in Gulliver's Travels that he met Sarah, playing the Empress of Lilliput, with whom he co-founded GSC in 2006. Matt continues to act outside of the company and as well as acting and producing, leads talks and lectures on Shakespeare. He is also an Associate Tutor at the University of Surrey.
He’s extremely proud of GSC and is looking forward to many happy and productive years of site-specific theatre in Guildford and Shakespeare in Surrey!

Sarah Gobran Co-Founder & Producer

First Shakespeare you saw: Romeo and Juliet
Favourite part you’ve played: Katherina (Kate)
Favourite play: Twelfth Night, Much Ado, King Lear...it’s an impossible decision..
Favourite place in Guildford: The River Wey Walk

Sarah's passion for theatre and performance began at the age of seven with her discovery of Pam Ayres, regularly subjecting her classmates to a rendition of the latest poems she had learnt that week!

Sarah moved to Guildford in 1995 to train at the Guildford School of Acting and since graduating has performed in a variety of theatre and film, including a spell at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in Alan Ayckbourn's Sugar Daddies . Sarah has also worked for many local theatre companies including The Phoenix, in Bordon, playing Bathsheba in Far From The Madding Crowd, and for Proteus in Basingstoke, as Wendy in Peter Pan. For both companies she toured to local communities in Surrey and Hampshire.

Sarah is delighted to have set up Guildford Shakespeare Company and by the tremendous response that they have received from the community, who appear to be as passionate as she is about Open-Air Shakespeare coming to life in Guildford!

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Keith Churchouse (Chair)

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