Kelly is an award-winning actor and director. Over thirty years she has played major roles at the RSC, National Theatre, ETT and with the Icelandic company Vesturport. She has also worked extensively in film, TV and radio. Most recently she played Mrs Alving in Ghosts, directed by Stephen Unwin for ETT, and directed a production of The Tempest for the RSC in Stratford and Ohio. She has created a series of Shakespeare drama games named ‘The Hunter Heartbeat Method’ which forms her work with children with autism. Her methodology is the subject of her second book - Shakespeare's Heartbeat - published by Routledge. She has also written Cracking Shakespeare; A Hands-On Guide for Actors, published this year by Methuen, in association with the Actors Centre. "Kelly Hunter is an extraordinary actor and teacher who now generously shares the insights, skills and knowledge that she has amassed during the course of her varied career. Having witnessed the power of Kelly's approaches first-hand I recommend Cracking Shakespeare to anyone who thinks Shakespeare isn't for them or who simply wants to explore new, innovative appraoches to unlocking Shakespeare's language." GREGORY DORAN, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, RSC.