Michael Bogdanov, former director of the English Shakespeare Company, invited his assistant director,

Tom Magill, to set up a branch of the company in Belfast to deliver Shakespeare Workshops to schools.

1999 saw the birth of the Educational Shakespeare Company Ltd (ESC). Michael Bogdanov became ESC’s first patron.

In 2003 the company moved into filmmaking, thanks to Peace II funding.

ESC has gone on to win awards and gather critical acclaim for their films.

2007 was a milestone for ESC, when it produced Mickey B, a modern adaptation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth. The film was set in a maximum-security prison, written and performed by long-term prisoners.

In 2008, Mickey B producer Jennifer Marquis-Muradaz founded ESC’s first international branch ESC US in Naples, Florida.