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.

The Ugly Shakespeare Company About Us Richard Green

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.