Michael Kelly

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!

Spotlight on Summer Camp: The S.I.A Team!

Summer is just around the corner, and with it our summer camps! Over the next few weeks, we will be uploading short video segments from our camps demonstrating the value of this summertime experience. Each video showcases a different aspect of our camp.

This week is dedicated to our amazing staff here at Shakespeare In Action – our Artistic Director, Michael, and our rotating roster of professional actors.  Every year we bring the best in the GTA to lead our camps!

With our specialized team at the helm, your kids are guaranteed to enjoy our artistic and educational camps! As you can see, it’s a great opportunity to learn from a professional actor, work behind the scenes on sets and costumes, build confidence and new friendships. For more information or to register, click here. You won’t regret it.

And if you want to see how our Young Company For Teens comes together, tune in next week, or watch our summer videos on the Shakespeare In Action YouTube channel to find out! Click here.

Photo Friday

Congrats to all- we’ve made it through another week! (On a side note: congrats to us, this is SIA’s 200th blog post!!)

As a reward, here’s a  lovely photo from Michael Kelly’s puppet show and tell 🙂

And  it was such a great week, what with our Artistic Director Michael Kelly coming back form Bali-  he returns bearing amazing puppets and stories. If you want to see more fabulous photos, you can do so on our Facebook page!

That’s right folks, we’re on Facebook!

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And see more photos! A Puppet Lesson from Michael Kelly

Enjoy your weekends, and don’t forget to buy your Shakespeare Sonnets by Kids! Valentine’s Day is fast approaching…

For more info, see the event page! Shakespeare Sonnets by Kids

Photo Friday

The Diary of Anne Frank is up and running and into previews!** (See below for definition of a “preview”)

Yesterday, we had a very special presentation at the end of our preview of The Diary of Anne Frank.  After watching the performance, Intact Insurance Company took the stage with Artistic Director Michael Kelly.  Intact Insurance decided to donate money toward our professional theatre company, and in front of everyone in the audience, Intact Insurance presented a cheque to Shakespeare In Action!

Pictured below is Michael Kelly shaking hands with Warren along with Heidi.  It was a great response with the audience cheering and filling the room with applause.  Everyone was very excited to be here for such a momentous occasion!

Thank you Intact Insurance Company!

**Previews are practice performances in front of a real audience to test the show before it officially opens on Opening Night.  During this time, the director can still make changes and give notes to actors and the technical crew.  Also, if something were to really not work, they can stop the performance and fix it right away, although that is rare.

Professional shows can have anywhere from four to twenty or more of these practice performances.  There are many uses of having previews.  Here are just a couple of them: It is helpful for the director to see how the audience responds to the play;  and the actors can get a feel for having an audience since the audience may laugh, cry or react to what is happening onstage and that changes the pacing of the show.

Romeo and Juliet- Fall 2010 Preview

Here are some photos from our Fall 2010 mainstage production of Romeo and Juliet!

In this busy first scene of the play, the Capulets and Montagues fight in the town square.

Juliet (Bahareh Yaraghi) and Romeo (Kaleb Alexander) on the famous balcony.

Lady Capulet (Catherine McNally) and Juliet (Bahareh Yaraghi) have a mother-daughter moment.

A Capulet fighter (Norah Smith, far left) and Benvolio (Marcel Stewart, far right) look on as Tybalt (Brendan McMurtry-Howlett, left) and Mercutio (Ryan Field, right) taunt each other.

In this final scene from the play, the Nurse (Nicole Robert, far left) looks on as Capulet (Clyde Whitham), Lady Capulet (Catherine McNally) and Montague (Richard Stewart) mourn the deaths of their children Romeo (Kaleb Alexander) and Juliet (Bahareh Yaraghi). On the other side of the stage, the Friar (Peter Smith), the watchman (Marcel Stewart) and the Prince (Andy Trithardt) stand over Paris’ (Joe Bucci) dead body.

The lovely and talented cast all together with our director and fearless leader Michael Kelly!

For more of these great photos, please visit our Facebook profile, and visit our YouTube channel to see video from the performance! Photo credit goes to Joel Charlebois.


By: Kathleen

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.