Education | Education Season 2020

Want 20-20 vision? Come see crystal clear theatre with SFJ in 2020!




To our colleagues in English and Drama classrooms across NSW, thanks for joining us in record numbers in 2019 and we can’t wait to share stories with you again in 2020.

Live theatre and access to extraordinary dramatic texts makes life better. Richer. At Sport for Jove, now in our eleventh year, we want young people to have the opportunity to find their voice through theatre

Over the past two years, our Education Program has grown exponentially, and in 2020 we offer 6 mainstage productions: Shakespeare’s Othello, Macbeth, The Tempest, Romeo & Juliet, Twelfth Night and Arthur Miller’s The Crucible. Performances will take place over four terms from February to November for school audiences at The Seymour Centre (Sydney), Riverside Theatres (Parramatta), and Government House Parramatta as part of our outdoor Summer Season. We will offer detailed Teacher Support materials for all works in the season. 

Our HSC Symposiums series returns, expanded again in 2020. These are a practical in-depth look at classic works on the HSC syllabus. SFJ’s directors and actors, led by me, enact, dissect and discuss scenes and characters, giving students an opportunity to ask questions and unlock the themes, structure, values, concerns, contexts, ambiguities and stories and their dramatic power.

And of course, The Shakespeare Carnival returns. The highly successful Shakespeare Carnival is a state-wide event, under the leadership of SFJ. Students make films, compose music, choreograph dances and act scenes in their schools, inspired by and celebrating the work of William Shakespeare. The students can then compete in a range of categories, performed at school, regional and state levels.

Perhaps like no other imaginative experience, theatre connects us to ourselves and to our community in real time. We see, hear and feel the profound dilemmas and beliefs of people who make momentous decisions that change their lives and worlds, and we learn from those choices, from their delights, sufferings, and consequences.

We are passionate about creating humane and imaginative work that inspires young people, and most importantly, lifts the plays they study from the remoteness of the page to the immediacy of the stage. In doing so we set a high standard for students to aspire to with their own practical exploration of the work.

I look forward to seeing you in the new year!


Damien Ryan

Managing Artistic Director

HSC Symposiums

Our HSC Symposiums are essential opportunities to deepen your student’s practical understanding through experiencing and analysing key scenes and characters in performance.

Presented as a lecture interspersed with scene work and expert commentary from Damien Ryan and his team, these Symposiums explore famous scenes and speeches in multiple ways, opening diverse critical readings, unlocking language and character. Professional actors discuss the ambiguities and challenges of each of the plays, and answer students’ questions.

In short, a complete, hands-on experience that combines the unfiltered relationship students need with the plays’ action and narrative while also ensuring they are ‘watching with understanding’. Your students will extract the key ingredients and critical thinking required to write on the plays under exam conditions. Don’t miss it!

Shakespeare Residency

Returning in 2020, the Shakespeare Residency program is an experience for students in any year group, investigating Shakespeare's plays, world, characters and language through action. Straight onto the stage with professional actors and directors, the students learn through doing and understanding, engaging in fresh and highly accessible ways. Staff, parents and the whole school community are brought together to celebrate a performance showcase, fuelled by a wealth of discovery about the value and beauty of these plays.  

The Second Age Project

Our fun, challenging and comprehensive acting training, The Second Age Project, is devoted to enhancing young actors’ skills through working on the greatest theatrical works in the English language. Over teh school year, ensembles will explore the work of Shakespeare in rehearsal-room style workshops. Under the guidance of their industry professional arts educator and director, students will work towards a performance at the end of Term 2 for friends and family.

Auditions for the 2020 Ensembles will be held in early 2020.

For more information or to apply, please email:

Shakespeare Carnival

And finally, the annual Shakespeare Carnival returns for its 5th incredible season in 2020. The Shakespeare Carnival gives students the chance to develop their own pieces in a range of categories and perform at School, Regional and State levels, mentored by professional artists, gaining unparalleled insight and experience with these great plays; with the opportunity to take part in a state-wide showcase and ensemble production. More details will be available soon.

In addition, Sport for Jove offers various opportunities for incursions that are tailored to your school's specific needs.  From workshops to symposiums, Sport for Jove and their educators are well positioned to deliver valuable and unique experiences for your students.  Email us at with any questions you may have.

Sport For Jove would like to acknowledge our company sponsor and partnership with the Seymour Centre & thank them for their contributions in supporting our education program for 2020.


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To learn more about Sport For Jove's program for 2020, download the digital brochure below and read on!



Education | Education Season 2020


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