Emeritus Fellow Thelma Holt wins Sam Wanamaker Award

Thelma Holt CBE, Emeritus Fellow of St Catz, has received the 2018 Sam Wanamaker Award – an award established to recognise pioneering work in Shakespearean theatre.

The Sam Wanamaker Award dates back to 1994 and is presented by Shakespeare’s Globe (named in honour of the theatre’s founder) to celebrate work which has increased the understanding and enjoyment of Shakespeare.

Thelma is a renowned theatre producer and former actress, whose distinguished career has included work with the National Theatre, the Peter Hall Company, and as Associate Producer for the Royal Shakespeare Company. She held the Cameron Mackintosh Chair of Contemporary Theatre at St Catz in 1998, and has since been responsible for the Oxford drama students’ annual Shakespeare tour to Japan – which this year will be a production of Twelfth Night.

Shakespeare has featured heavily in Thelma’s career, having once said in an interview: “It was Shakespeare who made me want to act and Shakespeare who made me want to produce” – it is therefore incredibly apt for her to have received this prestigious award.

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