Meet Kristiaan Hansen, one our assistant directors for Shakespeare Kids and Teen Camps this summer. He is back in the thick of things up at York University finishing his bachelors for the year and we wish him the best!
Q & A
What interests you in a 400 year old text?:
The challenge of finding my own voice, as well as finding new life, new meaning, and a new way to tell the story!
What is your approach to acting?
The thing is to BE there, be breathing, and be ready to play like a kid again!
Any performances/actors/personal experiences that influence you as an actor?
Patrick McManus in Peter Hinton’s production of George Bernard Shaw’s ‘Pygmalion’ last summer at the Shaw Festival! Patrick’s openness and playfulness in the moment made the work so natural and beautiful to watch! I would love to work with him one day.
Why Shakespeare in Action?
I previously had the chance to work with Michael Kelly during our Shakespeare module at York last year, so I’d heard quite a bit about the company! In addition to that, I’ve always loved working with children, and wanted to see how a teaching role would broaden my horizons as an actor!
What is your favourite Shakespeare film adaptation?
My favourite film adaptation of one of Shakespeare’s plays is Kenneth Branagh’s version of ‘Hamlet’!