Thursday, June 4, 2009

“I won’t wear tights when I get back …I promise”

Please read this message for Paolo Rotondo


I’ve managed to score an incredible opportunity; I was

awarded the 2009 Shakespeare Globe International Artistic


Ten theatre practitioners from around the world have been

selected to go to Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London in August

2009 for a month-long intensive period of training culminating in a

public performance on the Globe main stage.

You can imagine the challenge and thrill for a New Zealand actor.

In my line of work this is huge.

Obviously they thought I’d be appropriate. My experience in

New Zealand Film, Television and Theatre is extensive. Not

only have I had leads in feature films and theatre, but I am also

an award winning playwright and screenwriter…but mostly teenage

girls recognise me from Shortland Street.

This Fellowship is an opportunity to really lift my game, test my

mettle and learn some stuff.

Of course the idea is to return to New Zealand and put the

new found knowledge into practice. As a teacher, director

and collaborator I’ll have the opportunity to influence our

local scene, hopefully in a meaningful way.

The Shakespeare Globe International Artistic Fellowship

is a prestigious initiative but it is also costly. I still need at least

$10,000 to reach my goal.

I’ve struggled to get any big sponsors, so I’m approaching

many people for small donations. I’d put a donation

from you to really good use. 

If you’d like to know more

please email

or contact Paolo Rotondo on


Or you can deposit your

donation into:


3 Pesos Productions Limited


Kindest Regards

Paolo Rotondo

-        Paolo Rotondo


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