Learning coordinatorJamie Brown

Jamie is driven by the notion that Shakespeare’s works should be approached and explored in celebration to unlock a rich tapestry of stories, language and characters that are able to ignite the imaginations of people of all ages across the globe.

Working with 1623, who encourage people to see Shakespeare differently by surprising, inspiring, and affecting them with his work, Jamie feels he has been given a platform from which to explore and celebrate Shakespeare in a way that leaves little room for undue fear or trepidation.

Jamie trained at Bretton Hall, where he achieved first-class BA Hons in Acting in 2006. While training, he opted to specialise in classical and educational theatre. It was here that Jamie appeared in his first full-length Shakespeare production, in which he took the role of Antonio in Now in Stereo’s The Merchant of Venice.

Jamie began life as a professional actor in 2007, with national open-air tours of A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Lysander) and As You Like It (Orlando). It was during this tour that Jamie met 1623’s artistic director, Ben Spiller, who invited him to take part in Shakes in the City: a selection of scenes which sprang up unexpectedly around Derby city centre. This was Jamie’s 1623 debut.

Since then, Jamie has worked extensively with the company, on a broad range of performance, learning, training and participatory projects, with people of all ages and abilities. With 1623, Jamie has been part of a team that has developed, and continues to promote, an exciting approach to Shakespeare that often tests or exceeds the boundaries and traditional perceptions of the subject.

Firstly as an associate artist, and now as learning coordinator, Jamie feels he has gleaned a wealth of varied experience with 1623, and been offered an opportunity to hone his skills by exploring Shakespeare both as a performer and a facilitator. As the company continues to grow, he is hugely excited at the prospect of continuing to develop those skills and implementing strategies that continue to surprise, inspire and affect our audiences, whoever they may be.

1623 acting credits include: Hamlet in Hamlet, Macbeth in Macbeth, Bottom in Midsummer Magic, Romeo in Star-Crossed Lovers, Florizel in Shakespeare’s Summer of Love, Troilus in Troilus and Cressida, as well as a selection of characters in 1623’s collection shows The Course of True Love, Sinful Shakespeare, and Stand-up Shakespeare.

1623 facilitation clients include: National Youth Theatre, London 2012 Cultural Olympiad, Derby City Council, QUAD Derby, Sheffield Hallam University, Nottingham University, Derby University, Warwick University, Leicester University, as well as schools and colleges nationwide.

Alongside 1623, Jamie has acted and facilitated professionally since 2007, with companies including Warner Brothers/AEG, BBC, Royal Ballet/Royal Opera House, Chapterhouse Theatre Company, ION Productions, and many more.

Please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to discuss any aspect of 1623 learning in schools, colleges, universities and elsewhere.

JAMIE BROWN at a glance  

  • Graduated from Bretton Hall with first-class BA in Acting
  • Toured with various theatre companies to theatres and other venues across the country
  • Began working for 1623 as an actor in 2006 before becoming an associate artist in 2009
  • Nominated Best Actor for Hamlet at Buxton Fringe 2008
  • Delivered theatre workshops in schools, colleges and universities
  • Became Drama Associate at Theatre Royal, Newcastle, in 2013
  • Started working as1623 learning coordinator in 2014

Further details can be found on Jamie's website by clicking here.


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