Rapper, father and teacher, Charlie Thomson, AKA The Educator, has spent the past ten years teaching at a number of high schools and youth training facilities around Australia. His hip-hop crew, The Winnie Coopers, were recent winners of the 2012 MusicOz Award (Urban).
The Educator, who was a key presenter at the World Shakespeare Congress in Brisbane, 2006, is passionate about engaging young people in the works of Shakespeare in a contemporary and relevant way through his project The Shakespeare Sessions. Charlie delivers edgy, engaging and inspiring sessions to help students "really get" Shakespeare.
In 2012 Charlie had audiences in raptures at both the Somerset Celebration of Literature Festival and the Voices-on-the-Coast Festival.
Come join him down the Bard Road.
“Insane in ye brain” – Charlie’s performance “The Shakespeare Session” was in a word, fantastic. The students and staff of Pacific Pines SHS enjoyed every minute of the engaging, informative and highly entertaining performance that explored the central themes of Shakespeare’s most famous and memorable works. With his catchy hip hop beats, raps about the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet and the exploration of Macbeth – affectionately referred to during the show as ‘Macdaddy’ – the audience was still talking about the show long after its conclusion. I definitely recommend The Educator to any school who enjoys Shakespeare, music, performance, and laughter!
Charlie Thomson - Pacific Pines SHS, July, 2013.Charlie Thomson - Pacific Pines SHS, July, 2013.Charlie Thomson
Thanks so much for all the authors. They were all wonderful. It was a wonderful day just terrific. Charlie was so great – what energy – he had Shakespeare rapping in the new PAC theatrette. It was really memorable I will be emailing them separately with a great big .thank you.
Charlie Thomson - St. Peters Lutheran College, Book Week, 2013.Charlie Thomson - St. Peters Lutheran College, Book Week, 2013.Charlie Thomson
Charlie’s visit exceeded our expectations – he was great and the kids loved him! He was also a pleasure to work with, was always accommodating and always communicated with us promptly on email. He was outstanding!
Charlie Thomson - St. Pauls School, June, 2013.Charlie Thomson - St. Pauls School, June, 2013.Charlie Thomson