Virtual Lab

An interactive web experience, filled with rehearsal and teaching tools!

The Shakespeare In Action Blog is Moving!

The time has come, my friends, to move the Shakespeare In Action Blog a bit closer to home.

Sad, I know, but it’s not like we’re leaving the internet for good! You can visit us at our new home:

We’ve got loads of new ideas for blog posts coming, including news and information about our upcoming shows, educational programming, and fundraisers! Bookmark our new page and visit us sometime! We are keeping this page up as well, so you will be able to access all of our blog posts of the past!

Away, away! Once more, sweet lords farewell.

We’re on the Government’s Website!

Shakespeare in Action is featured on the Government of Canada’s website!  Our Virtual Lab can help develop language skills in kids of all ages.  Go check it out!

Shakespeare in the News

We are having a very exciting day here at SIA headquarters. In addition to the great feature in the Globe & Mail on Wednesday, today two more articles about us have been released! See us on and, courtesy of The Canadian Press, or read all about it in the National Post.

Of course all of these articles are about the launch of our Virtual Lab, which went live today! So check it out here and e-mail us ( for log-in information so you can karaoke with the Bard!


By: Kathleen

Virtual Lab -Shakespeare in the Globe (and Mail!)

Hello gentle blog readers! In case you missed it this morning (on Twitter and in the paper), here’s a link to the lovely Globe and Mail article all about our Virtual Lab. Thanks to Kate Hammer, the Globe’s education reporter, for a great piece. If you want to see the Lab in action, please come back on Thursday, click on the blog’s “Virtual Lab” tab, and check it out!

National Shakespeare Youth Festival Guidelines: Dance and Movement

How to… Create a Dance and Movement Piece.

  • Number of participants: 2 to 10
  • Time Limit: up to 5 minutes
  • Perform a dance piece or movement sequence interpreting one of Shakespeare’s scenes, themes, characters or monologues.  The Movement and Dance category is designed for interpretations of Shakespeare’s work expressed through dance or physical movement. Text is permitted and any music is permissible. We must acknowledge the original artist of music as part of our program. Ensure that you provide us with the relevant information on the registration form.
  • Minimal sets, props and costumes are allowed (One person must be able to carry them on and off).

For more information and tips, click below! (more…)

National Shakespeare Youth Festival Guidelines: Design

How To… Design Sets and Costumes

Participants: 1 – 3 students

What you’ll need to present:

In-Schools Festival: Renderings for costumes for AT LEAST 5 separate characters; AND ground plans and front-perspective drawings showing your ideas for a set design. You can visit the Virtual Shakespeare Lab for examples of each.

National Festival: In addition to the above, students must provide fabric swatches for costumes, a SECOND drawing for each of the 5 characters, and a basic paper-model of the set design. You will also need to contribute to the Festival blog each week, so make sure you keep your entries up to date!

Keep in mind: When developing your ideas, imagine you are designing costumes and set for a real full-scale production with an endless budget! Students should justify how the design relates to the play and why this design has been chosen.

For more tips and info, click below!