The Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble (QSE) was founded in 2001. Since its inception QSE has gained a reputation for energetic, accessible and unique productions of Shakespeare’s plays.


Transforming communities through creativity.


QSE exists to:

  • Powerfully share epic stories with live audiences
  • Provide world class training opportunities to actors and non-actors
  • Support creativity in contexts and communities where it has been historically excluded
  • Nurture an ensemble of artist managers that drive the company’s activities and works together to develop their skills on stage and off

Performing Shakespeare demands the cultivation of the whole self in the service of the communal enterprise, and as such is the ideal vehicle for this exploration. Although the Ensemble performs the works of other playwrights and authors, Shakespeare will always be the home from which we travel.


The Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble operates with the following values at the heart of our work: