Virtual Lab

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

National Shakespeare Youth Festival Guidelines: Group and Duologue Scenes

How To… Create Group and Duologue Scenes

Without actors, Shakespeare’s words would never leave the page!

The guidelines are:

  • 2 actors for a Dualogue; 3-10 for a Group Scene
  • Maximum of 7 minutes for a Dualogue; 15 minutes for a Group Scene

Here are some tips for how to choose and act in scenes for our Youth Festival.


Thank you, Telus!

Shakespeare in Action is proud to announce that TELUS has made a generous contribution of $16,000 towards our inaugural National Shakespeare Youth Festival.

This vital contribution comes from the TELUS Toronto Community Board, and will assist us to develop our Virtual Shakespeare Lab (visit the tabs on this site!), and to hire professional artist artists to mentor participating youth.

Participants from across Ontario will now be able to communicate with professional mentors using innovative, web-based technology throughout the entire Festival process.

On behalf of the Board, staff and everyone at Shakespeare in Action, thank you TELUS! You have made a real and significant contribution to our organization and will ensure the ongoing success of this landmark new program.

For more information about the Festival, please click here.

And for more information about the TELUS Community Board, please click here.

See that Virtual Lab tab? Yeah, that one up there.


There is a lot happening at Shakespeare In Action as the holidays draw near. We’re stuffing envelopes, eating cookies, meeting students, eating cookies, organizing our National Shakespeare Youth Festival, eating cookies, working on upcoming programming, eating cookies. You get the idea. And in the midst of all this chaos (and cookies), there is the Virtual Lab.  Which you will find on this wonderful blog. Sort of.

As the National Shakespeare Youth Festival is coming along, we’re quickly realizing that we can’t be in every classroom all the time.  We also know that performing and interpreting Shakespeare can be intimidating, to both students and teachers.  So we wanted to provide our Festival participants (and anyone else who might be interested) with some resources to help them through the process. Because our Festival (and theatre in general) is all about the process.

Enter the Virtual Lab, brainchild of one Mr. Michael Kelly. Eventually, this will be a place where we are able to share our resources, ideas, exercises, and general Shakespearean brilliance in video, audio, and possibly photographic form.  We want it to be visual, interactive, and, of course, interesting. Plus, we like putting actors to work. And Michael really likes that video camera.

Still in its infancy, the Virtual Lab is currently a single tab on the blog here.  But soon it will be home to many mini-tutorials, which Michael is busily shooting and editing, and eventually we hope to make it an independent micro-site. In the meantime, we thought we’d let you know what we’re working toward.  Hopefully the next time you click that tab up there, there will be something new and exciting to check out!