The Society for Theatre Research

The Poel Workshop

The Poel Workshop pages are being reconstructed in preparation for the 2019 event.
Details of how to access them will be posted here in due course.
In the meantime please address any enquiries to

Participants are selected via written application and invited audition.

We are hoping to extend the catchment area for future Workshops so as to include participants from the North of England, specifically from the Sheffield area in 2019. A very limited number of small bursaries will be available to assist with travel and accommodation costs; holders will need to fund any shortfall themselves, just as those from London and the Home Counties fund their own  expenses.

The application process for the 2019 Workshops is not yet open but you will be able to download an application form here as soon as the dates are finalised and announced on the STR website.

In the meantime, if you would like to register your interest in participating in Poel Workshops 2019 tell us at and we will let you know when applications open.

Check back on these pages from time to time for other news and announcements about the Poel Workshops.

Poel Workshops 2018 - a brief report

In April the annual Poel Event once again took place successfully, with two days of theatre skills training & workshops at the Royal Central School and on the Olivier stage at the National Theatre.

Led and organised this year by Richard Williams, Director of The Foundation Course in Performance at the Drama Centre London, the 12 very committed participants — all professional actors who have been working in theatre for at least two years — were put through a series of rigorous workshops, largely based on Shakespeare. This included voice training, intensive analysis of Shakespeare texts and, of course, individual performances of prepared excerpts. 

The workshops themselves were run ­ as is always the case ­ by experienced professionals. This year they included Jeanette Nelson, Head of Voice at the National Theatre, Nona Shepherd, Associate Director of RADA, and Theatre Directors David Thacker and Barry Rutter.

Participants in the 2018 Poel Workshops.

Participants in the 2018 Poel Workshops.