Photo Friday – Shakespeare Alive, Rave Reviews!

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Shakespeare in Action has just wrapped up its Shakespeare Alive 2013 tour!  This 75-minute interactive presentation travelled to  elementary and secondary classrooms, auditoriums, cafeterias, and gyms across the GTA!  Their goal was to show students why Shakespeare is still relevant and why his language – his poetry – is so important. Here’s what the teachers had to say about Shakespeare Alive!:


I was so impressed with the actors who came in and ran the workshop. They were exceptional and the kids loved it. I’m extremely happy with the way things went. It was an excellent experience for us.

-Jarrett Flindall, Middle School Teacher


I want to thank your organization for bringing an exciting, hilarious and gripping presentation to John Fraser Secondary School. Our students were energized and engaged throughout, and some even got to improv onstage in front of their drama teacher. We had a range from just-arrived ESL to near graduates take in the performance, and all the feedback I’ve heard from kids and teachers so far has been positive. Each kid came away with different favourite moments. They say they were impressed and enjoyed learning why we still care about Shakespeare.

Thanks for accommodating our needs, and thanks for a great show.

-Stephen Morra, High School Teacher


Yesterday’s performance was outstanding! The three performers were energetic, talented, funny, informative and it was a great pleasure for me to look out at the audience’s faces in the lecture theatre — the really academic students, the not-so-academic students — all were grinning and under the spell cast by your actors. The audience participation elements were very well received.I told your performers after the show that they made my job easier (the kids found a new respect for and interest in Shakespeare), but also harder, because how can we teachers match the fun of what they did?We would be pleased to have them come again in the future.

-Paula Nevins, High School Teacher

Adopt-A-School Program

Shakespeare in Action is proud to announce its Adopt-A-School Program!!

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I know what you are thinking… What IS the Adopt-A-School Program?

The Adopt-A-School Program is an accessibility program that allows children from ages 7-12 in your neighborhood schools to engage with Shakespeare’s plays in a unique way that demystifies the language and brings Shakespeare alive!

The primary goal of this program is to provide access to the arts. Shakespeare In Action works directly in your local school with an entire grade group or even with the entire school. We customize each program to meet the school’s needs. In 2012 we reached over 16,000 youth and 1000 families across the GTA through our performance, education and outreach programs.

All of our programming is delivered by professional actors and certified OCT educators. We believe that youth deserve the highest quality arts education and we won’t compromise.

The Adopt-A-School program allows schools with limited resources to benefit from the same programs available to private and separate schools. Our programming builds self-confidence, promotes spirited students, teamwork, and helps create a more productive and engaged individual.

How can you participate?

  1. Pick a school that needs your help.
  2. Contact Shakespeare in Action at (416) 703-4881.
  3. Make a donation to Shakespeare in Action designated toward Adopt-a-school.  Programs can be arranged for donations starting at $1,000.

Shakespeare in Action will take it from here customizing a program that meets the school’s needs. We’ll keep you posted on student progress and you’ll even receive feedback from the benefiting students.

We’ll share your story through our website, Facebook, Twitter and with a special press release announcing your organization’s involvement. Give the gift of language, creativity and the arts today!

For more info, please contact us at:

(416) 703-4881

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!

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.