Patrick is currently director, Globe Education.
Patrick Spottiswoode joined Shakespeare’s Globe in 1984 and became founding director, Globe Education in 1989. Globe Education now engages 23 full-time staff, over 60 freelance practitioners and welcomes over 100,000 people a year of all ages and nationalities for workshops, projects, events and courses. In 1995 Patrick initiated a 30-year project to stage readings and record all surviving plays by Shakespeare’s contemporaries. In 2000 he established the first King’s/Globe MA in Shakespeare Studies. Globe Education provides MA modules for over 100 students and a one-year BFA acting programme.
In 2006 Patrick established the annual Sam Wanamaker Festival with the Conference of Drama Schools. He was awarded the President’s Medal by the CDS in 2007. Globe Education presents an annual professional production created especially for over 18,000 young people who all receive free tickets. Patrick has co-directed academic conferences at the Globe, in Italy and the USA.
In 2007 Patrick originated the annual publication of the Globe Folio facsimiles and commissioned Goethe on Shakespeare, published in 2010. In 2011, he was awarded an Honorary PhD by Warwick University and an Honorary Fellowship from King’s College London. He is currently the President of the Shakespeare Theatre Association of America.