Job Posting- Producer

February 6, 2016 at 1:12 pm | Posted in Shakespeare In Culture, SIA Team | Leave a comment
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The Organization

Shakespeare in Action, Ontario’s Leading Shakespeare Education Company for Young Audiences since 1988, is searching for a producer. We are a multi-racial repertory theatre company that produces yearly programming. We are dedicated to fostering literacy, enhancing creativity and promoting speech arts by making the language and stories of Shakespeare relevant to young audiences, families, schools and communities.

 

Producer: Full time – Contract Position

Salary starting at $800.00 weekly

 

Job Description:                    

Reporting to The Board of Directors and the Artistic Director, the Producer will lead our administrative, educational and fundraising strategies.

 

We are looking for a highly organized, motivated individual with a passion for classical theatre, youth, education, and community partnerships. Candidates should have expansive knowledge of Canadian Theatre, theatre for young audiences and theatre in education specifically, with exceptional written and oral communication skills, acuity in financial management, experience in managing staff and volunteers and experience in fundraising.

 

Working closely with the Artistic Director, the Producer will:

  • Write and lead strategies for securing grants, foundation asks and corporate sponsorship pitches.
  • Assist to coordinate our unique fundraising events.
  • Manage and support contract and production staff with Artist Director
  • Supervise and mentor our team of outstanding interns and volunteers.
  • Liaise with stakeholders including the TAPA, PACT, Toronto District School Board, Toronto Public Library, TD Bank and other corporate supporters to deliver programs and nurture the company’s strategic growth.
  • Work with the Artistic Director to build new community partnerships to broaden our mandate and strengthen our revenue base.
  • Liaise with the CAEA to ensure Equity contract compliance.
  • Coordinate the company’s marketing and outreach strategies to build new audiences
  • Participate in creative planning, business planning and development and with the Artistic Director
  • Assist to manage development of the Board of Directors including distribution of agendas and minutes
  • Manage individual project budgets and reports
  • Assist Artistic Director to manages annual audit and charity law compliance
  • Assist Artistic Director to manage website and execute changes

 

Job Requirements.

The successful applicant will have:

  • A post-secondary degree in a relevant field, with a minimum of 5 years experience in theatre production, arts administration, management and fundraising.
  • Superior written and oral communication skills, with experience in writing copy for grants, fundraising and marketing.
  • Working knowledge of the CTA.
  • Experience in recruiting and supervising staff, contract employees and volunteers.
  • Experiencing in successfully managing fundraising events.
  • The ability to work flexible hours
  • A deep commitment to theatre for young audiences, education and community partnerships
  • A keen entrepreneurial spirit
  • Patience and a sense of humour!

 

Desirable skills include:

  • Proficiency in photoshop, in-design and illustrator, with experience in designing marketing materials.
  • Experience working in the theatre, arts management, production and arts-in-education.
  • Conversational French is an advantage, but not essential.

 

Shakespeare in Action is an equal opportunity employer, with a deep commitment to reflecting the vibrant cultural diversity of our city in our creative and administrative team.

 

Application process:

  • Applicants are asked to please email a cover letter and resume info@shakespeareinaction.org
  • Applications will be accepted until February 26th.

Registration for our Summer Programming is Officially Open!

February 5, 2016 at 12:00 pm | Posted in Shakespeare Summer Camps, Toronto Happenings | Leave a comment
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Great news, everyone! We have officially opened registration for our Shakespeare Summer Camp for Kids and Young Company for Teens summer training program. Details can be found below!

 

Shakespeare Summer Camp for Kids- July 4- 15, 2016

Kids will learn to act, sing, improvise, construct costumes, and design sets – all while having the time of their lives! The program runs for 2 weeks, Monday to Friday, from 9am to 4pm daily. Our team of highly skilled professional actors provide master-class level instruction. Kids perform their very ownShakespeare production for parents, extended family, and friends!

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The Cast of our 2015 production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream!

DETAILS

  • Ages: 7-12
  • Dates: Weekdays, Monday, July 4 – Friday, July 15, 2016.
  • Location: Shakespeare in Action, 385 Roxton Road, Toronto
  • Focus Play: TBA
  • Work with a professional actor
  • Act, sing, improvise, design sets and costumes
  • Build confidence
  • Make new friends
  • Step into the spotlight!

 

COST

  • $550 per child (plus Eventbrite fees)
  • Early Bard Deadline: Friday, April 8, 2016 (Enter the promo code “EarlyBard” and save 10%)
  • Registering Siblings? Use the promo code “EarlyBardFamily.” After April 8, use “FamilyBard.”

Eventbrite - 2016 Shakespeare in Action Summer Camp for Kids!

Recommend a friend to the Shakespeare for Kids Summer Camp and receive $50 off your registration fee when they sign up!*

*Maximum 2 recommendations per camper.

 

For more information, please visit our Shakespeare Summer Camp for Kids page!

 

Shakespeare Young Company for Teens summer training program- July 4- 29, 2016

This is a 4-week intensive training program in stage and film performance. Professional actors and directors lead workshops in theatre and film techniques. No drama or performance experience is required. Participants rehearse and perform one of Shakespeare’s more challenging plays. Teens are encouraged to develop their own interpretations of Shakespeare’s works to create and showcase a multi-media performance.

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The cast and directing team of our 2015 production of Hamlet!

DETAILS

  • Ages: 13-17
  • Dates: Weekdays, Monday, July 4 – Friday, July 29, 2016
  • Location: Shakespeare in Action, 385 Roxton Road, Toronto
  • Focus Play: TBA
  • Work with a professional actor
  • Act, sing, improvise, design sets and costumes
  • Build confidence
  • Make new friends
  • Step into the spotlight!

COST

  • $1000 per camper (plus Eventbrite fees)
  • Early Bard Deadline: Friday, April 8, 2016 (Enter the promo code “EarlyBard” and save 10%)
  • Registering Siblings? Use the promo code “EarlyBardFamily.” After April 8, use “FamilyBard.”

Eventbrite - 2016 Shakespeare Young Company for Teens Summer Training Program

Recommend a friend to the Shakespeare for Kids Summer Camp and receive $50 off your registration fee when they sign up!*

*Maximum 2 recommendations per camper.

 

For more information, please visit our Young Company for Teens page!

 

Welcome Jeanine to the SIA team!

February 2, 2016 at 11:38 am | Posted in Shakespeare In Culture, SIA Team | Leave a comment
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We are happy to introduce to you our new Education and Outreach Coordinator, Jeanine Thrasher to the SIA team. Keep reading to find out a little more about her!

 

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I am the newest addition to the Shakespeare in Action Family! Hailing from Saskatchewan, I have found myself in Toronto this New Year and am happy to have found a home doing exactly what I am passionate about.

After encountering theatre in high school it has continued to inspire me throughout the years and led to my completion of a BFA in Acting at the University of Saskatchewan. It was in that program that I fell in love with Shakespeare and became enthralled with why he remained so relevant in modern culture. After graduation I said goodbye to the flatlands and prairies and headed to the Berkshires in Massachussets to pursue further studies in Shakespeare performance at Shakespeare and Company in their conservatory program.

There I was introduced to Fall Festival, a 10-week program that brought 10 schools together to perform 10 of Shakespeare’s plays for over 500 of their peers. Over 10 weeks I was able to witness the transformative power of Shakespeare in youth. It was through that encounter that I knew I would forever be involved in youth theatre and now here I am!

My production credits include Associate Artist with Embrace Theatre, Co-Producer of Shakespeare’s Macbeth- Abridged for students, and touring two Fringe plays for families in Saskatchewan provincial parks, and several student productions. Most recent acting credits include Malcolm/Porter/Lady Macduff/Others in Macbeth, Alice in Mexico City by Hannah Moscovitch, and Lady Capulet in Romeo and Juliet at Shakespeare and Company.

I spend my free time seeing local theatre, reading, baking copious amounts of cookies, teaching swimming lessons, and adventuring in the outdoors!

I look forward to serving the GTA and its students and families!

Can Shakespeare be any more fun, you say? Just add some puppets!

January 27, 2016 at 2:45 pm | Posted in Shakespeare Everywhere, Shakespeare In Culture | Leave a comment
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By Olesya Komarnytska

 

Here are some eye-catching past productions, in a variety of media, which brought the Bard’s vision alive with the help of some talented craftsmanship.

The Shakespeare Theatre Company of Washington, DC recently mounted this gorgeous Ethan McSweeny production of The Tempest as part of its 2015/16 season. On the surreal set of white sand and wreckage that is Prospero’s island, the actors share the stage with colossal puppets designed by James Ortiz.

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/theater_dance/colossal-puppets-help-create-a-monumental-tempest-at-the-shakespeare-theatre-co/2014/12/30/083c1e38-8a77-11e4-ace9-47de1af4c3eb_story.html

 

http://www.broadwayworld.com/washington-dc/article/The-Shakespeare-Theatre-Company-Presents-William-Shakespeares-THE-TEMPEST-20141124#

 

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The stop motion master Jiří Trnka’s last feature film was the 1959 Sen noci svatojánské (A Midsummer Night’s Dream). In this film, he created expressive stop motion characters within highly detailed landscapes and scenarios that were further brought to life through the classical compositions of Vaclav Trojan. The film was punctuated by some quite comedic moments that couldn’t have been achieved through anything other than stop motion.

Sen noci svatojánské was recently shown as part of TIFF’s Magic Motion: The Art of Stop Motion Animation retrospective.

 

 

 

And of course, this short review wouldn’t be complete without a tip of the hat to The Muppets. I feel the Swedish Chef exhibits a wonderful mastery of the iambic pentameter!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shakespeare in Action is going on tour!

January 18, 2016 at 1:04 pm | Posted in Canadian Theatre, Shakespeare Meets Hip Hop, Suddenly Shakespeare, Toronto Happenings | Leave a comment
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This spring, Shakespeare in Action is excited to hit the road and travel across Ontario, performing two exciting shows for students of all ages! To have one of these fantastic shows come to your school, please visit our website, call us at (416) 703-4881, or e-mail info@shakespeareinaction.org!

 

Suddenly Shakespeare– April 4-15, 2016

This hour long performance brings four of Shakespeare’s best-loved plays –Romeo and Juliet, The Tempest, Macbeth and Twelfth Night – to life for children ages five to seventy-five. Featuring music, dance, and physical comedy, the performance is the perfect introduction to Shakespeare for young audiences.

Dates: April 4-15, 2016
Duration: 60 minutes.
Price: $675 + HST (BOOK 2 SHOWS AND SAVE!)
Location: Your classroom, school theatre or gymnasium.
Maximum 250 students per session. Ideal for Grades 1-8!

For more information on Suddenly Shakespeare, visit our website!

 

Shakespeare Meets Hip Hop– April 18- May 6, 2016

Shakespeare Meets Hip Hop is a vibrant, interactive presentation that demonstrates how modern hip-hop shares many similarities with the themeslanguage and rhythm used by Shakespeare. Both are full of poetry, word play and lyricism, and both deal with what it is to be human.

Dates: April 18- May 6, 2016
Duration: 75 minutes.
Price: $675 + HST (BOOK 2 SHOWS AND SAVE!)
Location: Your classroom, school theatre or gymnasium.
Maximum 250 students per session. Ideal for grades 6-12

For more information on Suddenly Shakespeare, visit our website!

Job Posting- Interim Administrator

January 15, 2016 at 11:51 am | Posted in Shakespeare In Culture, SIA Team | Leave a comment
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Shakespeare in Action is looking to hire an Interim Administrator! See details below.

 

Job Description:                    

Reporting to The Board of Directors and the Artistic Director, the Interim Administrator will lead our administrative, educational and fundraising strategies for a period of 6 months, with the possibility of contract extension after such time.

We are looking for a highly organized, motivated individual with a passion for classical theatre and youth. Candidates should have expansive knowledge of Canadian Theatre, specifically Theatre in Education, with exceptional written and oral communication skills, acuity in financial management, experience in managing staff and volunteers and experience in fundraising.

Key Responsibilities:

Working closely with the Artistic Director, the Interim Administrator will:

  • Manage the daily operation of the Shakespeare in Action offices, including management of master calendar and email accounts.
  • Oversee finances, and manage yearly and individual project budgets, annual audits and, CRA remittances charity law compliance, as well as daily banking, bill payments and deposits.
  • Hire and supervise office/administrative and production staff, in partnership with with Artistic Director.
  • Coordinate Board meetings, including distribution of agendas and minutes.
  • Assist to manage development of the Board of Directors.
  • Manage the writing, submission and final reporting of grants from a variety of granting bodies.
  • Coordinate and manage Shakespeare in Actions Fundraising events, including overseeing call campaigns, managing donations, and ensuring receipts/thank you letters sent.
  • Coordinate and manage marketing and call campaigns
  • Take a leading role in strategizing and executing fundraising requests, devise and lead individual donor strategy plan, and draft and distribute foundation asks and corporate sponsorship pitches.
  • Research and implement strategies for new revenue generation.
  • Liaise with stakeholders including the TAPA, PACT, Toronto District School Board, Toronto Public Library and Central Toronto Academy to deliver programs and nurture the company’s strategic growth.
  • Liaise with the CAEA to ensure Equity compliance and manage actor contracts.
  • Maintain statistical information and perform data entry
  • Oversee and manage company website
  • Participate in creative planning, and
  • Supervise and mentor our team of outstanding interns and volunteers

 

Job Requirements.

The successful applicant will have:

  • A post-secondary degree in a relevant field, with a minimum of 5 years experience in arts administration, preferably management.
  • Superior written and oral communication skills, with experience in writing copy for grants, fundraising and marketing.
  • Working knowledge of the CTA and CAEA.
  • Experience in recruiting and supervising staff, contract employees and volunteers.
  • Experiencing in successfully managing fundraising events.
  • The ability to work flexible hours
  • A deep commitment to theatre for young audiences, and
  • Patience and a sense of humour!

Desirable skills include:

  • Proficiency in Photoshop, in-design and illustrator, with experience in designing marketing materials.
  • Experience working in an educational or school setting.
  • Conversational French is an advantage, but not essential.

Shakespeare in Action is an equal opportunity employer, with a deep commitment to reflecting the vibrant cultural diversity of our city in our creative and administrative team.

Application process:

  • Applicants are asked to please email a cover letter and resume to info@shakespeareinaction.org
  • Applications will be accepted until the position is filled

Shakespeare at the 2016 Golden Globes

January 8, 2016 at 2:33 pm | Posted in Shakespeare at the Movies, Shakespeare In Culture | Leave a comment
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The 73rd Annual Golden Globes will be presented this Sunday, and we couldn’t be happier to see so many Shakespearean actors and actresses nominated for awards! We have compiled a list of all of the actors that have been nominated in the Film, TV, and Limited Series categories for you. Take a look below!

 

Cate Blanchett (Carol)

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Appeared in:

  • Richard II (Sydney Festival, 2009) as Richard II

*This production was part of The War of the Roses, where all of Shakespeare’s Historical plays were condensed into one 8 hour performance!

 

Leonardo DiCaprio (The Revenant)

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Appeared in:

  • Romeo and Juliet (1996) as Romeo

 

Michael Fassbender (Steve Jobs)

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Appeared in:

  • Macbeth (2015) as Macbeth

 

Eddie Redmayne (The Danish Girl)

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Appeared in:

  • Richard III (Donmar Warehouse 2011) as Richard III
  • Twelfth Night (Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre,2002) as Viola

 

Maggie Smith (The Lady in the Van)

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Appeared in:

  • Gnomeo and Juliet (2011) as Lady Blueberry
  • Romeo.Juliet (1990) as Rosaline
  • Richard III (1995) as Duchess of York
  • The Merchant of Venice (BBC Play of the Month, 1972) as Portia
  • Much Ado About Nothing (TV movie, 1967) as Beatrice
  • Othello (1965) as Desdemona
  • Twelfth Night (Oxford University Dramatics Society, 1952) as Viola

 

Christian Bale (The Big Short)

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Appeared in:

  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1999) as Demetrius
  • Henry V (1989) as Robin the Luggage Boy

 

Al Pacino (Danny Collins)

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Appeared in:

  • Richard III (1979) as Richard III
  • Julius Caesar (New York Shakespeare Festival, 1986) as Mark Anton

 

Helen Mirren (Trumbo)

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Appeared in:

  • The Tempest (2010) as Prospera
  • Antony and Cleopatra (National Theatre, 1998) as Cleopatra
  • Cymbeline (TV movie, 1982) as Imogen
  • Antony and Cleopatra (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1982) as Cleopatra
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (TV movie, 1981) as Titania
  • As You Like It (TV movie, 1978) as Rosalind
  • Henry VI Part 1 (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1977) as Margaret
  • Henry VI Part 2 (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1977) as Queen Margaret
  • Hamlet (1976) as Ophelia and Gertrude
  • Macbeth (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1974) as Lady Macbeth
  • The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1970) as Julia
  • Richard III (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1970) as Lady Anne
  • Hamlet (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1970) as Ophelia
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1969) as Hermia
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1968) as Hermia
  • Troilus and Cressida (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1968) as Cressida
  • Much Ado About Nothing (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1968) as Hero
  • All’s Well That Ends Well (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1967) as Diana

 

 

Kate Winslet (Steve Jobs)

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Appeared in:

  • Hamlet (1996) as Ophelia

 

Idris Elba (Beasts of No Nation)

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Appeared in:

  • Trolius and Cressida (American Place Theater, 2001) as Achilles

 

Mark Rylance (Bridge of Spies)

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Appeared in:
  • Much Ado About Nothing (The Old Vic, 2013)
  • Anonymous (2011) as Condell
  • The Tempest (Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, 2005) as Prospero/Stephano/Sebastian/Alonso
  • Measure for Measure (Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, 2004) as Vincentio
  • Richard II (Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, 2003) as Richard II
  • Hamlet (British National Theatre, 2001)
  • The Winter’s Tale (British National Theatre, 2001)
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (British National Theatre, 2001)
  • Twelfth Night (Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, 2001) as Olivia
  • Cymbeline (Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, 2001) as Posthumus/ Cloten
  • Romeo and Juliet (British National Theatre, 2000)
  • Hamlet (Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, 2000) as Hamlet
  • Antony and Cleopatra (Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, 1999) as Cleopatra
  • The Merchant of Venice (Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, 1998) as Bassanio
  • The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, 1996) as Proteus
  • Macbeth (Greenwich Theatre, 1995) as Macbeth
  • Romeo and Juliet (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1989) as Romeo
  • The Winter’s Tale (British National Theatre, 1988)
  • The Tempest (British National Theatre, 1988)
  • Cymbeline (British National Theatre, 1988)
  • Antony and Cleopatra (British National Theatre, 1988)
  • Hamlet (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1988) as Hamlet
  • King Lear (British National Theatre, 1987)
  • Antony and Cleopatra (British National Theatre, 1987)
  • The Taming of the Shrew (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1982) Lucentio, Player
  • The Tempest (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1982) as Ariel

 

Jon Hamm (Mad Men)

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Appeared in:
  • Timon of Athens (Sacred Fools Theatre Company, 1998) as Flavius

 

Liev Schreiber (Ray Donovan)

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Appeared in:
  • Henry V (Shakespeare in Central Park, 2003) as Henry V
  • Hamlet (2000) as Laertes
  • Macbeth (Joseph Papp Public Theater, 1998) as Banquo
  • Cymbeline (Shakespeare in the Park, 1998) as Iachimo

 

Gael Garcia Bernal (Mozart in the Jungle)

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Appeared in:

  • Letters to Juliet (2010) as Victor

 

Patrick Stewart (Blunt Talk)

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Appeared in:

  • The Hollow Crown- Richard II (TV mini-series, 2012) as John of Gaunt
  • Great Performances- Macbeth (TV series, 2012) as Macbeth
  • Gnomeo and Juliet (2011) as Bill Shakespeare
  • The Merchant of Venice (Royal Shakespeare Company , 2011) as Shylock
  • Hamlet (TV movie, 2009) as Claudius/ Ghost
  • Twelfth Night (Chichester Festival Theatre, 2007) as Malvolio
  • Macbeth (Chichester Festival Theatre, 2007) as Macbeth
  • Othello (Shakespeare Theater, 1997) as Othello
  • The Tempest (on Broadway, 1995)
  • King Lear (British National Theatre, 1986)
  • Hamlet (British National Theatre, 1986)
  • Henry IV Part 1 and 2 (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1982)
  • The Winter’s Tale (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1981 and 1982)
  • Titus Andronicus (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1981)
  • Two Gentlemen of Verona (Royal Shakespeare Company,1970 and 1981)
  • Hamlet, Prince of Denmark (TV movie, 1980) as Claudius
  • The Merchant of Venice (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1979)
  • Antony and Cleopatra (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1972 and 1979)
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Royal Shakespeare Company,1971 and 1977)
  • Antony and Cleopatra (TV movie, 1974) as Enobarbus
  • Julius Caesar (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1973)
  • Coriolanus (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1972)
  • The Tempest (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1970)
  • King John (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1970)
  • Richard III (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1970)
  • As You Like It (Royal Shakespeare Company,1967 and 1968)
  • Much Ado About Nothing (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1968)
  • Trolius and Cressida (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1968)
  • King Lear (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1968)
  • All’s Well That Ends Well (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1967)
  • The Taming of the Shrew (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1967)
  • Hamlet (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1966) as Player 1
  • The Merchant of Venice (Old Vic Theatre, 1965)

 

Oscar Isaac (Show Me A Hero)

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Appeared in:

  • Romeo and Juliet (Delacorte Theater, 2007) as Romeo
  • The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Delacorte Theater, 2005) as Proteus

 

David Oyelowo (Nightingale)

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Appeared in:

  • As You Like It (2006) as Orlando De Boys
  • Richard III (Royal Shakespeare Company, 2001) as Ghost of Henry VI
  • Henry VI Part 1 (Royal Shakespeare Company, 2000) as Henry VI
  • Henry VI Part 2 (Royal Shakespeare Company, 2000) as Henry VI
  • Henry VI Part 3 (Royal Shakespeare Company, 2000) as Henry VI
  • Antony and Cleopatra (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1999) as Menacrates and Decretas

 

Alan Cumming (The Good Wife)

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Appeared in:

  • The Tempest (2010) as Sebastian
  • Titus (1999) as Saturninus
  • Richard III (Royal National Theatre, 1990)
  • Hamlet (Royal National Theatre, 1990)
  • As You Like It (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1989) as Courtier, Silvius
  • Macbeth (Tron Theatre, 1985) as Malcom

 

Damian Lewis (Wolf Hall)

19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards - Arrivals

Appeared in:
  • Romeo and Juliet (2013) as Lord Capulet
  • ShakespeaRE-Told- Much Ado About Nothing (TV mini-series, 2005) as Benedick
  • Cymbeline (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1997) as Posthumus Leonatus
  • Much Ado About Nothing (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1996) as Don John

 

On the 12th Day of #Shakespeare, my true love gave to me:

December 25, 2015 at 11:30 am | Posted in Shakespeare In Culture, Shakespearean influences!, SIA Team | Leave a comment
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On the 12th Day of Shakespeare, my true love gave to me: 

 

12 tragic stories!

 

11 ghosts appearing!

 

10 Lears a weeping!

 

9 tempests raging!

 

8 tu, Brute?

 

7 Mackers’ plotting!

 

6 Mechanicals rehearsing!

 

5 poisoniiiiiiiiiiiiiings!

 

4 Royal Henrys!

 

3 witches brewing!

 

2 yellow stockings!

 

And a Feste in a box tree!

 

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Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas, and a Happy Holidays! We will see you in 2016!

Shakespeare at the Movies- Star Wars: The Force Awakens

December 18, 2015 at 12:42 pm | Posted in Shakespeare at the Movies, Shakespeare In Culture | Leave a comment
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Well friends, the time that I am sure many of us have been waiting for is finally here! Like our last couple of posts about the original and prequel trilogies, we are going to take a look at what Shakespeare-related work the cast has done!

 

Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia)

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Appeared in:

  • A Midsummer Night’s Rave (2002) as Mia’s Mom

 

 

Lupita Nyong’o (Maz Kanata)

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Appeared in:

  • The Winter’s Tale (Yale School of Drama Production)
  • The Taming of the Shrew (Yale School of Drama Production)

 

 

Oscar Isaac (Poe Dameron)

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Appeared in:

  • The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Delacorte Theater, 2005) as Proteus
  • Romeo and Juliet (Delacorte Theater, 2007) as Romeo

 

 

Andy Serkis (Supreme Leader Snoke)

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Appeared in:

  • Henry IV Part 1 (Nuffield Studio, Southampton, 1982) as Poins
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (The Dukes in Lancaster, 1986) as Lysander
  • The WInter’s Tale (The Dukes in Lancaster, 1986) as Florizel
  • Macbeth (Royal Exchange Theatre, 1988) as Porter/Sargeant
  • King Lear (Royal Court Theatre, 1993) as The Fool
  • Othello (Royal Exchange Theatre, 2002) as Iago

 

 

Pip Torrens (Colonel Kaplan)

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Appeared in:

  • Richard II (Royal National Theatre, 1995)
  • The Merry Wives of Windsor (Royal National Theatre, 1995)
  • The Hollow Crown- Henry IV, Part 2 (TV mini-series, 2012) as Mowbray

 

 

Sebastian Armesto (Lieutenant Mitaka)

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Appeared in:

  • Anonymous (2011) as Ben Jonson

 

 

Shakespeare in Action will be closed for the holidays, but we will be back in 2016! Which movie or series would you like to see covered in out next instalment of “Shakespeare at the Movies?” Let us know!

 

Shakespeare at the Movies- Star Wars: Episodes I-III

December 17, 2015 at 1:56 pm | Posted in Shakespeare at the Movies, Shakespeare In Culture | 2 Comments
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Yesterday, we wrote about the Shakespeare roles that the cast of the original Star Wars trilogy have appeared in on and off stage. Today, we will focus on the prequels!

Liam Neeson (Qui- Gon Jinn)

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Appeared in:

  • Henry IV Part 1 (Lyric Players Theatre, 1976) as Percy
  • The Winter’s Tale (Dublin’s Abbery Theatre, 1979)

 

 

Ewan McGregor (Obi Wan Kenobi)

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Appeared in:

  • Othello (Donmar Warehouse, 2007) as Iago

 

 

Pernilla August (Shmi Skywalker)

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Appeared in:

  • Hamlet (Royal Dramatic Theatre Company, 1987) as Ophelia

 

 

Oliver Ford Davies (Sio Bibble)

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Appeared in:

  • Henry IV Part 1 (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1975) as Sheriff/ Sir Michael
  • Henry IV Part 2 (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1975) as Morton/ Wart
  • Henry V (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1976) as French Bishop/ Montjoy
  • Henry VI Part 1 (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1977) as Duke of Somerset
  • Henry VI Part 2 (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1977) as Duke of Somerset
  • As You Like It (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1977) as Duke Senior
  • Coriolanus (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1977) as Junius Brutus
  • Love’s Labour’s Lost (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1978) as Boyet
  • Troilus and Cressida (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1981) as Nestor
  • Timon of Athens (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1981) as Senator
  • Henry VIII (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1983) as Bishop Gardiner
  • Julius Caesar (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1983) as Marullus/ Titinus
  • Measure for Measure (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1983) as Provost
  • Venus and Adonis (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1987) as Narrator
  • Hamlet (British National Theatre, 1989)
  • Richard III (British National Theatre, 1990)
  • Richard II (Gainsborough Studios Theatre, 2000)
  • Coriolanus (Gainsborough Studios Theatre, 2000)
  • King Lear (Almeida Theatre, 2002)
  • Love’s Labour’s Lost (Royal Shakespeare Company, 2008) as Holofernes
  • Hamlet (Royal Shakespeare Company, 2008) as Polonius
  • All’s Well That Ends Well (National Theatre, 2009) as King of France
  • Richard II (Royal Shakespeare Company, 2013) as Duke of York
  • Henry IV Part 2 (Royal Shakespeare Company, 2014) as Justice Shallow

     

     

     

 

Hugh Quarshie (Captain Panaka)

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Appeared in:

  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (TV movie, 1981) as Philostrate
  • The Winter’s Tale (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1981) as Cleomenes
  • Titus Andronicus (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1981) as Aaron
  • The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1981) as Outlaw
  • Henry IV Part 1 (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1982) as Hotspur/ Vernon
  • Titus Andronicus (TV movie, 1985) as Aaron
  • Romeo and Juliet (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1986) as Tybalt
  • Macbeth (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1986) as Banquo
  • Hamlet (British National Theatre, 1989)
  • Shakespeare: The Animated Tales- Julius Caesar (TV mini-series, 1994) as Cassius
  •  Julius Caesar (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1995) as Mark Antony
  • Othello (Royal Shakespeare Company, 2015) as Othello

 

 

Brian Blessed (Boss Nass)

Bossnass

Appeared in:

  • Hamlet (National Theatre, 1977)
  • Julius Caesar (National Theatre, 1977)
  • Richard III (National Theatre, 1977)
  • Measure for Measure (National Theatre, 1977)
  • Macbeth (National Theatre, 1978)
  • Richard III (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1984) as Lord Hastings
  • Hamlet (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1984) as Claudius
  • Henry V (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1984) as Duke of Exeter 
  • Henry V (1989) as Duke Thomas Beaufort of Exeter
  • Much Ado About Nothing (1993) as Antonio
  • Macbeth (1997) as Edward the Confessor
  • King Lear (1999) as King Lear
  • As You Like It (2006) as Duke Senior/ Duke Frederick

 

 

Christopher Lee (Count Dooku)

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Appeared in:

  • Julius Caesar (1970) as Artemidorus

 

 

Jimmy Smits (Senator Bail Organa)

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Appeared in:

  • Othello (Colorado Shakespeare Festival, 1984) as Othello
  • Twelfth Night (Delacorte Theater, 2002) as Orsino

 

 

Rose Byrne (Dorme)

Dorme

Appeared in:

  • Wicker Park (2004) as Alex

*This movie is inspired by A Midsummer Night’s Dream!

 

 

Ayesha Dharker (Queen Jamillia)

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Appeared in:

  • Othello (Royal Shakespeare Company, 2015) as Emelia

 

 

What parallels do you notice in Star Wars movies and Shakespeare’s plays? Share some examples with us!

Tomorrow, we will focus on the cast of the brand new movie, The Force Awakens!

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