Patrick Spottiswoode joined Shakespeare’s Globe in 1984 and became founding Director, Globe Education in 1989. He worked with Sam Wanamaker for 9 years.
When Patrick joined, there were two full-time staff in the entire organisation. There are now 28 full-time and over 70 freelance staff in Globe Education alone who work with over 100,000 people of all ages and nationalities every year.
In 1995 Patrick initiated Read Not Dead, a 30 year project to stage and record readings with professional casts of all surviving English plays written between 1567 and 1642. In 2000 he oversaw the creation of the first of two Globe/King’s MAs. Globe Education now offers undergraduate courses, MA modules and conservatory acting programmes for over 800 students every year. He has curated a range of education seasons with events throughout the year, including Shakespeare and Islam in 2004 and 2005, which sought to build bridges with British Muslim Communities as well as explore Anglo-Islamic relations in the early modern period. In 2006 he established the Sam Wanamaker Festival which annually involves every accredited British drama school. He was awarded the President’s Medal by the Conference of Drama Schools (now Drama UK) in 2007.
Patrick has undertaken annual lecture tours to schools, universities and theatres the length and breadth of Germany since 1985. A partnership in 1991 between Globe Education and S-E-T, the Bremen educational tours company, has led to over 25,000 German students and teachers visiting the Globe every year for workshops and lectures. His 2010 series Shakespeare is German explored Germany’s particular fascination with Shakespeare and resulted in a BBC radio documentary which he presented. Over the past seven years Deutsche Bank UK has supported an annual production in the Globe created especially for young people which has enabled Globe Education to give close to 100,000 free tickets to London schools.
A partnership with UC Davis in 2006 has led to the creation of a Globe Education Academy of teachers based at the Mondavi Center at Davis. Patrick initiated an annual workshop conference for teachers, Shakespeare Works when Shakespeare Plays,at the Mondavi Center in 2012.
Patrick has been on the London faculty of several US universities and has directed academic conferences in London and in Venice. In 2013, he will lecture at the University of Vienna, York and Victoria (New Zealand) and open the Italian Association of Shakespearean and Early Modern Studies in Padua. He will also be keynote speaker at the Scottish Council for Independent Schools and speak at the Neuss Globe Festival in Germany.
Under his guidance Globe publications has grown from the Globe Occasional Papers and the facsimile First Folio series into the pioneering Globe Education Shakespeare series for schools, now launched as interactive iBooks.
In 2009, Patrick was President of the Shakespeare Club of Great Britain. In 2011, he received an Honorary PhD from the University of Warwick and became an honorary fellow of King’s College London. Patrick was President of Shakespeare Theatre Association in 2011 and 2012. He is a proud recipient of an Al Mahabba Award and the 2011 Burbage Award from the American Shakespeare Center. He is on the Board of the Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, the Institute of Historical Dress and is a Patron of the Lighthouse Trust.