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Victoria Gartner

Artistic Director & Founder

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Victoria Gartner is an award-nominated writer, director and teacher.  Over the last ten years, she has written and directed work around Shakespeare’s life and times in the UK, Switzerland and Germany.

Victoria is the Artistic Director of Will & Co, which she founded in 2015. Her play Will or Eight Lost Years of William Shakespeare’s Life has been touring for more than three years in French and English versions, and was last performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. 

Her latest project Bard in the Yard is about Shakespeare during a plague pandemic. In May 2020, she thought of an ingenuous way of creating new work during quarantine, by sending an actor directly to the audience's garden. The play has been performed in private gardens, schools, care homes and festivals in the summer of 2020 to great public and critical acclaim.

Victoria has been teaching Shakespeare for many years at festivals and universities as well as at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. She is currently teaching Acting and Directing Shakespeare at East15.

She has an MA in English literature with a specialisation in Shakespearean studies as well as a degree in Dramaturgy and Directing.

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