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A BONUS Photo Friday!

What a lucky day for all of you! There are so many exciting things happening here at Shakespeare In Action, we just had to make a second Photo Friday post!

We are starting rehearsal for our brand new production of Hamlet next Tuesday! Our Stage Manager, Maureen Callaghan, has been busy all week making sure preparations are running smoothly! Here is a picture of her with our Artistic Director, Michael Kelly, going over some plans for the big day!

Michael_Maureen_HamletHave a fantastic weekend!

Meet the SIA Team: Michael Kelly, Fearless Leader

It seems only appropriate that our first introduction should be to the man who came up with this whole thing! So, without further ado, this is Mr. Michael Kelly:

Michael Kelly, Fearless Leader, about to tell me not to take his picture

Michael is an actor, director, producer, teacher, and arts educator who has garnered critical and popular acclaim for his innovative work with young audiences. He is the founder and Artistic Director of Shakespeare In Action, and has attracted local, national and international media attention with features on TVO’s Imprint, Canada AM, W-5, and C.B.C.’s As It Happens.

His credits include directing many contemporary and Shakespearean plays as well as teaching master classes for The Stratford Festival, the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London.

Michael is a part-time member of the Theatre Faculty at York University. He has also taught acting at George Brown College, Randolph Academy for the Arts, and the National Youth Drama School in New Zealand. He has abridged a series of Shakespeare’s plays for young audiences aged 7-12, collectively titled “Shakespeare for Kids.”

Michael has devised all of Shakespeare in Action’s artistic and educational work, and continues to expand and evolve our artistic vision.