About Us

Mission

The Oratory Foundation is a school with the mandate to touch and teach through oration and creative forms of the spoken word. It promotes and encourages the use of various forms of oratory; it is a teaching institution providing the opportunity for the pruning and perfecting of poetry, oratory and performance.

The Foundation

The Oratory Foundation is a valiant vehicle transporting members to oral performance and theatre. Led by founder Deborah Jean-Baptiste-Samuel, who is a versatile creative powerhouse in dramatic performance, the group celebrates oratory and Shakespeare in Trinidad and Tobago.

Deborah is poet, orator, and attorney-at-law. Her degrees are in Literature, and Law. She earned a Nuffield Fellowship for journalism at Wolfson College, Cambridge University, and a fellowship to Merton College, Oxford University. She has won four journalism awards.

The Oratory Foundation has delivered 22 annual productions, and eight (8) Shakespeare plays – Macbeth, The Merchant of Venice, King Lear, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Othello, Julius Caesar, Twelfth Night and The Tempest. The Oratory Foundation is also known for Caribbean interpretation of the plays, and staged ‘Dream on a Caribbean Night’ with local folk elements, and folklore characters.

We also staged ‘Celebrating Shakespeare’ and ‘Shakespeare – Bard like that’. On the occasion of 400 years since the passing of Shakespeare we held a mega-tribute with excerpts of plays, sonnets and song.

Deborah is author of ten books, the most recent “Outpouring of Oratory”, ‘Lush Layers”, and “Splendour”.