Changelings Ensemble Term 4 Pop-up Globe Youth Theatre Classes

The Changelings Ensemble is our youngest group of actors here at Pop-up Globe, and the Term Classes set them up for a lifelong passion for and appreciation of Shakespeare’s words. Gaining confidence and understanding key skills of performance under the expert guidance of our Youth Theatre Teaching Artists, the Changelings spend each Saturday morning playing on the Pop-up Globe Playhouse stage.

This term our Changelings will present a section of King Lear in collaboration with our other classes on Monday 16th December (4pm – 10pm)!

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Rita Stone

Rita graduated from the UNITEC School of Performing and Screen Arts as an actor in 1998, and has since taught at UNITEC, Massey University, Auckland University, Western Springs College, The Actors’ Lab and The Actors’ Program.

In 2000 she founded the Legacy Theatre Company; directing, producing and/ or performing in outdoor productions of A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, MEASURE FOR MEASURE, THE TAMING OF THE SHREW, and AS YOU LIKE IT, as well as coordinating Theatre in Education schools’ tours around Auckland of abridged Shakespeare scenes.

Rita travelled to London in 2004 and took a short course at Shakespeare’s Globe, returning again in 2011 with the Shakespeare Globe Centre NZ (SGCNZ)’s ‘Teachers Go Global’ scheme, where she trained at the Globe Education Centre and performed in MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, directed by Bill Buckhurst, on the Globe stage.

In 2011, Rita won ‘Outstanding Play’ at the 2011 AMI Showdown Awards and was nominated for Best Director for her Year 13 production of MOTHER COURAGE at Western Springs College. In 2012, she founded the Young Auckland Shakespeare Company, where she directed THE TAMING OF THE SHREW and produced MACBETH, ROMEO & JULIET and THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR.  In 2016, her YASC production of MUCH ADOE ABOUT NOTHING was invited to the Pop-up Globe’s first season, where it played to sold-out audiences.

In 2013 Rita directed an all-female production of MEASURE FOR MEASURE at the Titirangi Theatre, and in 2016 she directed a devised production of LUCRECE (Based on Shakespeare’s narrative poem The Rape of Lucrece) for the Auckland Shakespeare Company. In 2018 Rita directed JULIUS CAESAR, the first gender-reversed production for the Pop-up Globe. She has directed LOVE’S LABOUR LOST and TWELFTH NIGHT for UNITEC, and in 2019 launched the Pop-up Globe Youth Theatre Company, directing their debut production, THE TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA.

Rita holds a Diploma in Teaching Secondary English and Drama.

When: Saturday 19th October – 14th December (9am – 10am) + Monday 16th December (4pm – 10pm)

Cost: $250

Capacity: Class limited to 24 participants.

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If you are aged 15-18, new to the Pop-up Globe Youth Theatre company, or have been in the Revels all year, this is the perfect class for you. The Revels’ Ensemble class will analyse the basics of Shakespearean acting technique within the unique context and physical circumstances of Pop-up Globe. The skills to be introduced include how to work vocally and physically in the space itself, character development through status, and key text skills to unlock and bring the work to life, such as iambic pentameter, antithesis, repetition, and extreme words.

This term, the Revels will perform a section of King Lear in collaboration with all our other classes to bring together an end-of-year finale performance to the public on Monday 16th December (4pm – 10pm)!

Information about our facilitator 


Jess graduated from the Conservatory Program at Atlantic Theatre Company in NYC in 2012. Her Australian theatre credits since then include: Measure for Measure and The Servant of Two Masters (Sport For Jove), The Dream (Bell Shakespeare), The Players (Bell Shakespeare), Grin and Tonic Schools Tour, The Women (New Theatre), Vice (King St Theatre), The Big Funk (Suspicious Woman Productions), Youth Monologues (Digi Youth Arts), Machina (La Boite), The Taming of the Shrew (Brisbane Shakespeare Festival).

Jess has also performed extensively Off-Broadway. Her Off-Broadway credits: Rhinoceros (Atlantic Stage 2), Belgrade Trilogy (Whitelisted Theatre Company), The Comedy of Errors (EBE Ensemble), Women and Wallace; Throwing Your Voice (Atlantic Black Box Theatre), Angry Young Women in Low Rise Jeans with High Class Issues (KADM Productions), This is for You (The Bower Group).

Jess produced and performed in The Works of William Shakespeare by Chicks for the Sydney Fringe Festival 2018 with an all female cast and crew, and performed in season four at Pop-up Globe in Richard III and The Taming of the Shrew. She has been a lead tutor on the Pop-up Globe Youth Theatre’s April school holiday programmes and term 2 and 3 Revels’ Ensemble class.

When: Saturday 19th October – 14th December (10:15am – 1:15pm) + Monday 16th December (4pm – 10pm)

Cost: $325

Capacity: Class limited to 24 participants.

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This class will give you opportunity to be a part of a real Shakespeare Ensemble! As a group we will be building on skills that were explored last term, including vocal training, physical theatre techniques, and dexterity with Shakespeare’s language. Whether you’re returning to this class for more fun or joining us for the first time, this will be a supportive and fun team environment in which to explore acting techniques and challenge yourself.

We will be working on Shakespeare’s language and drawing out techniques to help this text come to life on stage. During the term we will look at monologues and direct address, making the audience part of the story! We will tackle duologues in which you get to play with another actor using acting techniques we work on in class.

The term will culminate in a performance of a section of King Lear, in collaboration with all our other weekly classes, in one end-of-year showing on Monday 16th December (4pm – 10pm)!

Information about our facilitator 


Amy Usherwood grew up in Dunedin and is a 2007 NIDA acting graduate. Whilst at NIDA, she played

Juliet in Romeo & Juliet, directed by Gale Edwards and Paulinka in Tony Kushner’s Bright Room Called Day, directed by Anthony Skuse. Her Television and film credits include Emma Franklin on Shortland Street (2012-2014) and Louise Hillary in Hillary, both for TVNZ. She recently played Joy in Ladies In Black, directed by Bruce Beresford. Her theatre credits include Hermione in The Winter’s Tale (Wellington Summer Shakespeare), Helen in Sweet Phoebe (Basement Theatre) Chick in Crimes Against the Heart (Old Fitzroy Theatre, Sydney) and for Sport For Jove (Sydney) she has played Mercutio in Romeo & Juliet, Sebastian in The Tempest, Banquo in Macbeth, Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Emilia in Othello, The Pedant in Taming of the Shrew, Leonie in Away and various characters in No End of Blame, all directed by Damien Ryan. Amy performed in season four at Pop-up Globe, in Richard III and The Taming of the Shrew and she teaches on the Senior Players classes at Pop-up Globe. She is a proud member of MEAA.

When:Mondays from 14th October – 9th December (6.30pm-9.30pm) + Monday 16th December (4pm – 10pm)

Cost: $325

Capacity: Class limited to 24 participants.

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