Kids Summer Camp Success – Thank You

After another successful run of our Shakespeare for Kids Summer Camp, we must take the time out to thank everyone who made this year possible.

Kids ages 8-12 years old bravely took on Shakespeare’s “As You Like It” – the show was split into two versions. Based on our kids wonderful imaginations, they decided to set the first version in the city of Paris. The second, was set in the fashionable districts of Tokyo, Japan. These innovative versions of Shakespeare’s best loved play has never been done this way by Shakespeare In Action before.

Our kids worked for two weeks remembering lines, designing props and costumes. All the while they were building friendships and confidence. We would take the time out to thank all of our wonderful camp participants for bringing their enthusiasm, energy and fearlessness to camp everyday!

We must also thank our Director  – Aris Athanasopoulos
Assistant Directors  – Kristiian Hansen and Gabriella Sundar Singh
Stage Manager – Danielle Laurin and our principal Photographer/Videographer Sophia Sam.

Lastly, for all of their hard work, coordination and patience leading up to camp, we must thank our Camp Coordinator, Jeanine Thrasher as well as our senior staff Managing Producer, Neil Silcox and Artistic Director, Michael Kelly.

Our camp is such an enriching and fun experience for kids who come to realize a great love  for classic literary works, and a passion for performance and fun! We look forward to bringing you more next year!

 We’re Moving!

Shakespeare In Action has a new home! Our office has been in residence at CTA (Central Toronto Academy) on Shaw St, Toronto for the past six years.

We are excited to announce that we will be moving to 598b Yonge St, Toronto –  located on 3rd floor of the Glad Day Bookstore at intersection of Yonge and Wellesley.

Feel free to stop by and say HI!


Toronto Fringe 2016 – #scarecrow

Celia Aloma is one of SIA artists, who will be performing in #scarecrow. The first full-length play by Chantel McDonald and first production for Hard-Bitten Productions! This play was well-received in the Piece of Mine festival Fall 2015, and they can’t wait to produce it at the 2016 Toronto Fringe Festival at the Robert Gill Theatre.

#scarecrow is a dark comedy which explores how our projected image can feel more real than our skin. It examines how our friendships, lifestyles and even our sense of self are being shaped by social media.  We are asking what are the possible consequences when we fall short of the person we portray to be online.

Dates and Times ;

Friday July 1, 5:15pm
Saturday July 2, 9:15pm
Monday July 4, 6:30pm
Wednesday July 6, 12pm
Thursday July 7, 3:30pm
Friday July 8, 9:15pm
Sunday July 10, 2:45pm

Toronto Fringe 2016 – Skyler James

When Private Skyler James was outed as a lesbian after joining the US Army, she packed a truck, fled her base in Kentucky, and started driving north…

Based on a true story, this gripping play reveals the true damage of prejudice and the strength of a young woman’s spirit in a society that teaches, “don’t ask, don’t tell”. (2014 Governor General’s Award)

Click here for more details and here tickets on sale June 9th


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Romeo and Juliet Chainsaw Massacre – Toronto Fringe 2016

R&J Chainsaw Massacre is being produced by some of SIA’s actor-educators. Here at SIA, we support our roster of actor-educators in their shows they produce or star in. The month of July brings the Toronto Fringe Festival to town. Check out this fantastic show and support the local theatre community!  

NOTHING IS MORE TERRIFYING THAN LOVE…when a chainsaw-wielding maniac is added into Shakespeare’s classic tragedy, it turns Verona upside-down! Find out who is (literally!) tearing our star-crossed lovers apart in this comedic horror mash-up. Rarely does a show come along for which the Toronto Fringe has to add a new category – and yet the genre “horror” now exists because of Romeo & Juliet Chainsaw Massacre. Long live love, bloodbaths…and chainsaws! 

Dates –
July 1st @ 1:45 PM
July 3rd @ 7:00 PM
July 5th @ 3:15 PM
July 7th @ 9:15 PM
July 8th @ 2:15 PM
July 9th @ 11:30 PM
July 10th @ 5:15 PM
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July Artist Feature – Alison Deon

We are thrilled to share with you our ongoing Artist Feature segment with Friends and Artist-Educators of Shakespeare In Action.  Alison is an Actor-Educator with us and over the past several years ran in-school workshops and our helps facilitate our TD Shakespeare For Kids Library Club in conjunction with Toronto Public Library. Check out our interview with her below!


1.What attracted you to wanting to work with youth in the community?

I love working with kids; their creativity, energy and excitement are infectious. I’m reminded that they’re called plays, so the spirit of making theatre should always be play-ful. Teaching kids about storytelling through Shakespeare is also a great reminder of the basics of acting and how to be clear in my own work. Most importantly, I’ve benefitted so much in my life from the encouragement of great drama teachers and directors, and I hope to pass along that positivity.


 2. How did you get into the performing arts?
 I was lucky to have grown up in a small town (Nelson, BC) with a vibrant performing arts community. There was a summer musical theatre program for kids, as well as year-round community productions, all based in a restored vaudeville theatre downtown. It was an amazing playground (and education) for me. One of the first plays I did was A Midsummer Night’s Dream when I was 15, and from then on, I was pretty much hooked. I also had excellent drama teachers throughout high school and once I became serious about pursuing an acting career, they were very supportive.


3. What is your favourite Shakespearean Play?
 It’s a three-way tie between Macbeth, Twelfth Night and Cymbeline.


4. Who is your favourite Shakespearean actor on stage or film? Why?

 For me, it’s British stage and film actor Mark Rylance. When he speaks Shakespeare’s words, it’s as crystal clear as any modern text. Because he’s so clear, parts of plays I’ve never fully understood or appreciated come to life. And he’s very funny, even playing Richard III. You can watch clips of his work on YouTube- I love him as Olivia in Twelfth Night.


5. Who are your favourite playwrights other than Shakespeare?

Caryl Churchill, Thornton Wilder, Oscar Wilde, Hannah Moscovitch and John Mighton.


6. Do you have an adaptation of Shakespeare that you love?

 A few years ago I saw Punchdrunk’s Sleep No More (which is based on Macbeth) in New York City and it blew my mind. It’s wordless, interactive, dance-theatre set in an old hotel, but you somehow really feel like you’re in the world of Macbeth, meeting all of the characters and seeing each scene unfold in such exciting and unexpected ways.


Alison trained as a Teaching Artist through the Stratford Festival and York University and teaches Shakespeare to young people for Stratford and Shakespeare in Action. She is a graduate of the George Brown Theatre School.Originally from Nelson, BC, Alison is a Toronto-based actor, dialect coach and Teaching Artist. As an actor, favourite credits include: Don’t Dress for Dinner (Thousand Islands Playhouse/ Western Canada Theatre/ Gateway); Boeing Boeing (TIP/ WCT); The Importance of Being Earnest (TIP); The Railway Children (Mirvish); The Little Years, The 39 Steps (Magnus); Romeo & JulietThe Secret Garden (Resurgence); The Dining Room (Down & Out/ Campbell House); The Shape of a Girl (First Light); Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead (Touchmark); The Miser (Sudbury Theatre Centre) and Much Ado About Nothing, Twelfth Night and London Assurance (Stratford). As a dialect coach, credits include: Blithe Spirit, Educating Rita (TIP); Mary’s Wedding (Golden Apple) and Fishskin Trousers (Cart/Horse).