Meet Kaitlin!

Kaitlin Carmanico is a recent McGill graduate, having completed a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy and English with a specialization in Drama and Theatre. She is currently pursuing her studies in musical theatre at Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts. An Ottawa native, Kaitlin has been involved in both French and English theatre productions in her hometown, as well as several productions in Montreal, performing with The Arts Undergraduate Theatre Society, McGill Players Theatre, Savoy Society and Hillel Montreal. She  is passionate about arts and culture and is a firm  believer and  advocate  of  learning and  education  through  the  arts. Outside of the theatre world, Kaitlin’s favourite hobbies include skiing, creative writing, traveling (most recently throughout Southeast Asia) and reading in coffee shops. Kaitlin is thrilled to be joining the Shakespeare in Action team as a new Administrative Intern!

Featured Intern- Meet Gillian!

My name is Gillian and I am joining the Shakespeare in Action team! sia-gillian

I’m a Toronto based Arts Educator and Administrator with a passion for all things theatre! I studied performance in High School and University, but only recently discovered my interest in the technical, production, education, and administrative sides of theatre. I’m so excited to get to work with and learn from an organization like Shakespeare in Action, which aspires to enhance education through the arts. 

When I’m not teaching or working, I am either listening to science podcasts, googling Uzo Aduba, or playing with my dog:

Jake 🐕. 

Featured Intern- Meet Amy!

Hi everyone! My name is Amy Hunter and I’m thrilled to be working with Shakespeare in Action as one of their Administrative Interns.


My theatre background is in musical theatre, which I studied extensively at the Etobicoke School for the Arts here in Toronto. I’ve been on the performing side of theatre nearly my whole life, but I’m looking forward to getting to experience the behind-the-scenes workings for an arts organization as part of an awesome administration team. I completed a B.A. at Wilfrid Laurier University in Psychology in 2012, and am currently enrolled at Ryerson in their Arts and Entertainment Administration course series. I spend most of my free time at shows supporting local artists and musicians, exploring bike trails throughout the city, and taste-testing different coffees from around the world.

Featured Intern- Meet Natalie!

Hello everyone!

My name is Natalie and I’m so happy to be joining Shakespeare in Action as an Administrative Intern. With my passions for education and outreach, theatre, and Shakespeare, it’s hard to imagine a position more perfectly suited for me- I’m truly thrilled to be here!


Here I am rowing past the Royal Shakespeare Company theatre!

I grew up in Mississauga, and have loved all things cultural (books, museums, movies, history, art, dance, theatre…) for as long as I can remember. After completing my B.A. in English Literature at the University of Waterloo, I headed off to the Netherlands last year to pursue an M.A. in arts and cultural administration.

As a part of my M.A. study, I was lucky enough to intern in the outreach and education department at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in Stratford-upon-Avon, U.K.. This experience completely affirmed my love of Shakespeare, my belief in the benefit of creative education and outreach programming, and my desire to work in this field. So, of course, I am thrilled to learn from and contribute to Shakespeare in Action’s amazing work!

In non-Shakespeare news, I had a blast this fall working at TIFF, and am now serving as the administrator for the Ontario Pops Orchestra. When I’m not enjoying and getting involved with as much culture as possible, I also love travel, chocolate, and hanging out with my golden retriever.

Featured Intern- Meet Alyssa!

Hi everyone!

My name is Alyssa de Hoop and I am excited to be the new Administrative Intern for Shakespeare In Action!


About Me

I’ve always had a passion for Arts and Culture, being constantly drawn to music, the theatre, film, dance and visual arts. I participated in many plays as a child, earned my teacher’s certificate in Tap and Jazz and received my undergraduate degree in Studio Art from the University of Guelph, specializing in Photography, Graphic Design and Painting.

As well, my professional experience is focused primarily on Project Management, Marketing and Advertising through extra curricular activities and past professional positions.

In my spare time, I love to photograph, curate my personal photography blog, paint, see films, attend musicals and travel whenever I get the chance!

Why I’m excited to be the new Administrative Intern

As I mentioned, I am fiercely passionate about Arts and Culture! When I first learned about Shakespeare in Action, I was incredibly drawn to their educational programs and overall mission to enhance creativity, foster literacy and promote the arts, such as Shakespeare’s works.

I am super excited to bridge the gap between my passion for the theatre and my professional experience to be a part of the Shakespeare in Action team as the new Administrative Intern!

I’m looking forward to being part of the team here at Shakespeare In Action! Feel free to follow me on Instagram @alydeh or through my Photography wordpress blog



Introducing: Maddie, Administrative and Production Intern


Hi there! I’m Maddy Swinkin and I am one of the new Administration and Production Interns here at Shakespeare In Action. I am so grateful for this opportunity and could not be more excited to be starting here!  Theatre, Shakespeare, and working with young adults are three of my favourite things, so this position is basically a dream come true.

This past spring I graduated from the University of Toronto Drama Performance Program and completely fell in love with acting and creating performance art. I have a passion for devised theatre, and being able to create something spectacular from just a simple idea. I have worked on multiple shows that used different degrees of devising work, from working with a pre-existing stage script of This Is For You, Anna, to creating a complete theatre adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway.

More importantly, in my final year in the Drama Program, something shocking and incredible happened, I fell in love with Shakespeare! I had a wonderful teacher who taught me how to understand and appreciate the brilliance of his language. After years of dismissing Shakespeare, I finally have realized how important it is to take the time to hear Shakespeare the way it was meant to be heard, and appreciate the poetry, beauty, and timelessness of his body of work. Right after I graduated I couldn’t get away from Shakespeare, so I performed in a choose-your-own-adventure performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, where I played Helena. The show took place indoors and outdoors, and the audience could choose to either watch the play as it was written OR follow any character and find out what happened when there was no Shakespearean script written. It combined devised work and the classic Shakespeare text, so needless to say it was one of my favourite shows to work on and perform!

I also work at the ROM in their Boutique’s, which is a beautiful place to spend my time, and is full of amazing products and wonderful people! I am thrilled to be able to work in such cultural and artistic places as I begin my new life as an actor, artist, creator, and theatre enthusiast!

There is one more reason why Shakespeare in Action drew me in – working with kids and young adults! I have worked in camps for the past 6 summers, and I absolutely love being able to work directly with kids of all ages, I find it one of the most rewarding experiences. I look forward to learning and growing through this internship, and having the chance to work with such an amazing theatre company!

Introducing: Claire, Administrative and Production Intern

I am very excited to take part in Shakespeare in Action’s internship program for Arts Administration and Production! I believe the 2014/2015 season will be a thrilling one and hope to further improve my skills in fundraising, marketing, outreach programs and general administration.
Originally from St. Catharines, ON, I am a graduate of the Dalhousie University 2010 Acting and Theatre Programme. I had resided in Halifax for six years where I became involved in it’s theatre community. This experience includes both writing, directing and performing in various independent theatre productions as well as arts administration. I now live in Toronto where I hope to further build my career in Theatre.
More recently, I have developed a genuine appreciation for beer. I currently work at Steam Whistle Brewing within their Events, Promotions and Retail. I am, also, the creator and owner of Bark n’ Barley, an all natural dog biscuit brand made with Steam Whistle Brewing’s spent barley grain.
In my spare time, I love reading at various coffee shops around the city, walking our dog, baking, frequenting cinemas and theatres, and discovering the endless films, documentaries and tv series on Netflix. Thank you Shakespeare in Action for inviting me to the team. Cheers!

Introducing: Taryn, Administrative and Production Intern

I am thrilled to be a part of Shakespeare in Action this season, interning at the wonderful office at 570 Shaw St.  Walking through the halls of Central Toronto Academy, I became nostalgic from the memories of volunteering with the company a few years ago assisting in their Teen Summer Camp. We put on As You Like It with a wonderful bunch of students, one’s in which inspired me with their sense of play, excitement and passion for the arts. Little did I know that a few years later I would be here again taking a new role in the company by honing new skills in administration and education.

I have been a theatre artist for quite some time working with different companies as an actor and director. I have learned many things along the way from many brilliant artists and am now looking to take a new perspective in how a company begins to get the production to the audience.

In taking this new position in the arts, it has really opened my eyes to the amount of team work and creativity that is involved behind the stage reaching out to educational institutions, companies and other organizations to get them involved and excited not only in what this company does but in the arts in general.

The reason for my craving for this administrative knowledge is due to the evolving trend in audience outreach. The tradition of the relaxed patron coming to sit in their seat and calmly watch the drama unfold, letting it wash over them, like they are watching a moving painting, are out dated.

Audiences seem to be searching for more engagement, more involvement and being a part of the production from the moment they walk in the theatre and even after they have gone home. How can we stimulate, engage and include them as part of the production on a more effective level?

A great start is seeing how the Shakespeare Meets Hip Hop program unfolds and how engaged the kids can become with this brilliant idea. Taking a medium that they are familiar with and educating and comparing the works and language of Shakespeares with that of modern poetry is such an exciting endeavor to see how the students become stimulated, engaged and involved.

Glad to see be a part of this new outreach!!

Introducing: Yamini, Administrative and Production Intern


Hello everyone! My name is Yamini Coen and I’m one of the new Administration and Production Interns at Shakespeare In Action. I’m a huge literature lover, especially contemporary literature, ironically mainly as a result of many grueling years of school. Contemporary literature wouldn’t be nearly as crazy and experimental if it didn’t have Shakespeare to model after. Shakespeare has always been one of my primary sources of entertainment, either through laughter at extremely ridiculous situations, like in Twelfth Night, or through my mind being blown at the end of basically all his tragedies.

I’m also a pop culture aficionado, which Shakespeare configures in a lot more than you would think. While my favourite Shakespeare play is Othello, the best Shakespeare teen film adaptation, in my opinion, is not O but 10 Things I Hate About You, where Julia Stiles embraces Shakespearean comedy much better than tragedy. She’s The Man is pretty enjoyable too.

I’m so excited to join the Shakespeare in Action team and to have an opportunity to contribute to the learning of Shakespeare in Toronto and Ontario schools. His work still resonates to this day, and, from my own experience, it is through education that his plays can be understood in their splendor. Thanks for having me, Shakespeare in Action!

Featured Intern: Heather

I just moved to Toronto from Ireland two months ago, and I love almost everything about this city! (The cold being an exeption, of course!)

I studied Music Technology and English Literature in uni, and since then I’ve worked as a technical theatre assistant in Dublin. I also did an internship in a theatre in the U.S. last year, and I gained lots of experience as a sound operator and microphone technician.

Another fashion faux pas…

I’ve always loved music, reading and theatre. I was born in London, England, but I grew up in a very small town in Ireland, so I didn’t have many chances to see live gigs or plays. That’s why I’m really excited to be part of Shakespeare in Action and see how they bring great productions to high school students in Toronto!