Victoria Gartner - Storyteller

Victoria Gartner is an award-nominated writer,

director and teacher.

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Over the last ten years, Victoria has written and directed work around Shakespeare’s life and times in the UK, Switzerland and Germany.


She 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 three years in both French and English, and was dubbed by The Stage to be "fascinating work."

She imagined Bard in the Yard in the first Covid-induced lockdown in May 2020. This solo play is about Shakespeare experiencing writer’s block during a plague pandemic. It has been performed in private gardens, schools, care homes and festivals by many actors all over the  UK to great public and critical acclaim (The Guardian, The Telegraph, The Independent).

Victoria has been teaching Shakespeare for many years, giving workshops in festivals and universities as well as at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. She is passionate about giving everyone access to Shakespeare in a fresh and vibrant way, using the body as well as the mind to unlock verse. 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.

 

Victoria also writes poetry, non-fiction, and is currently working on a novel. She was born in Ukraine which her mother fled, and she grew up in French-speaking Switzerland. In her spare time she enjoys drinking wine, doing tarot, and singing very badly.

Awards, Bursaries and Grants

2020

Arvon Creative Writing Grant, UK

2018

Best Director Nomination

OFF WEST END Awards, London

for Will, or Eight Lost Years of William Shakespeare's Life

Swiss Embassy in the UK - Swiss Cultural Fund Grant

for Will, or Eight Lost Years of William Shakespeare's Life

National Grant for Translation

SSA (Swiss Author's Society) for Verona

2017

National Grant for Playwriting

SSA (Swiss Author's Society) - KTV/ATP, Switzerland

Bursary from the  Engelberts Foundation, Switzerland

for Will, or Eight Lost Years of William Shakespeare's Life

2016

Short Play Winner

Six Shorts Plays in Search of an Author, Tulalu?! and Theatre 2.21, Lausanne, Switzerland

2012

Best Director Award and Audience Favourite Award

FriScènes Theatre Festival, Fribourg, Switzerland

Press

2020

2019

2018