About us

Our Team

The Ugly Shakespeare Company has a proven record in New Zealand schools, providing consistently high-quality live theatre performances since 1996.

For 27 years we have provided accessible, relatable and entertaining shows that not only take the fear out of Shakespeare, but also give students the opportunity to engage in new New Zealand theatre written by contemporary NZ playwrights. Crediting the students with intelligence, we like to challenge their thinking, present issues that are contextual to their lives, and entertain them at the same time.

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Richard Green – Producer/Director

Richard has been an arts practitioner since leaving school. Richard embarked on a career which was focussed, unintentionally, on theatre in education. Looking for a challenging project led him to “The Compleat Works of William Shkspr (Abridged)”, which toured nationally in 1996 and became the Ugly Shakespeare Company, Aotearoa’s longest running TIE company.

This culminates in over 35 years practical experience in the Arts, including arts governance. Richard continues as Executive Director of the He Waka Eke Noa Charitable Trust which facilitates Kete Aronui, The Factory Theatre and The Ugly Shakespeare Company.

Frankie Browne – Director + Writer

Francesca (Frankie) Browne is an actor, writer, director, theatre practitioner and youth theatre tutor. She was a member of Massive Theatre Company’s Nui Ensemble, performed in two national touring  theatre shows, Duffy Books in Homes and The Ugly Shakespeare Company (Romeo and Jules). She co-adapted an original script for the Ugly Shakespeare company in 2022 (Titus) and will be the director for their 2024 show. Francesca also co-runs her own improv company, “Improverished”, and has directed several of their long-form improv shows.  Last year, Francesca took a break from performing to study at Clown School in Paris at Ecole Phillipe Gaulier, where she was told once that she was “not so bad.”

Frankie Browne

Chanel Edwards

Chanel Edwards is a professional actor who recently graduated from The Actors’ Program in 2023. After graduating from VUW with a degree in Theatre and Media Studies, she moved to Auckland to train at TAP and now continues to build her craft. This is Chanel’s first experience with touring and still remembers when The Ugly Shakespeare Company performed at her old high school. She has also received her Advanced Certificate in classical singing through Trinity College of London and has grown up performing theatre in Whangarei since the age of 7.  

Previous credits include FractureDownfall; Cold Feet; The Ferryman (The Actor’s Program), The Phantom Of The Opera; The Wizard of OZ (WTC), Zenith (Windy Dog Productions), and The Winter’s Tale (SGCNZ NSSP). 

Chanel Edwards
Kent Robinson

Kent Robinson

Sarah Clare Judd

Sarah Clare Judd (she/her) is a performing artist and 2023 graduate of the National Academy of Singing and Dramatic Arts (Bachelor of Music Theatre). The Ugly Shakespeare Company is Sarah’s first touring production, and her second stab at Macbeth having performed an except for the 2020 SGCNZ University of Otago Sheilah Winn National Shakespeare Festival where she won the Outstanding Individual Tragedy Award for her performance of Lady Macbeth.

Previous theatre credits include Something Rotten (The Court Theatre), Into the Woods (Ovation Musical Theatre), Company; The BacchaeChicago (NASDA), A Collection of Noises (Sparrow and Boyle Productions) and Shortland Street the Musical (Centrepoint Theatre). Sarah is proud to be a member of Equity New Zealand.

Sarah Clare Judd