Sonnets-by-Kids – A Unique Gift for Valentine’s Day!

Sonnets by Kids for Valentine’s Day is celebrating its 5th year!

This Valentine’s Day, why not give the gift of poetry and let the Bard do the talking!

  • Visit
  • Select and purchase your favourite Shakespeare Sonnet – 18, 29, 105, or 116. (Only $25 CDN)
  • On Valentine’s Day, between 2:30pm and 4:30pm EST, a talented and charming Shakespeare Kid will call your lucky Valentine and recite the sonnet with a heart full of love!
  • A Shakespeare Kid will also sign and mail a personalized copy of the sonnet for your Valentine!

SONNETS BY KIDS are available in Canada and the US until Friday, February 13, 2015 at 5pm EST, while quantities last.

Shakespeare in Action is a not-for-profit organization, dedicated to introducing young people to the magic of Shakespeare, language and live theatre. All proceeds support our educational programs throughout Toronto – the kids are “graduates”!


– Sonnets by Kids for Valentine’s Day 2011 – Photo: Shakespeare in Action



– Sonnets by Kids for Valentine’s Day 2012 – Photo: Shakespeare in Action




– Sonnets by Kids for Valentine’s Day 2013 – Photo: Shakespeare in Action



– Sonnets by Kids for Valentine’s Day 2014 – Photo: Shakespeare in Action




O - Shakespeare in Action - Shakespeare Challenge - 2013 - The Island is Full of Noises

Shakespeare in Action is looking for a volunteer Stage Manager and volunteer Costume Designer to help bring to life The Comedy of Errors as part of the 4th annual Shakespeare Challenge fundraiser. The Shakespeare Challenge is a fundraising event that benefits youth literacy from Toronto’s priority neighbourhoods by allowing them to experience exceptional professional theatre and educational programming through the works of Shakespeare that they would otherwise not have access to!

The Challenge will feature eleven community members coming together to unleash their inner Shakespearean acting skills under the direction of Shakespeare in Action’s renowned Artistic Director Michael Kelly. Our Challenge Champions will rehearse and perform an abridged version of The Comedy of Errors. In a race against time, these brave souls will rehearse one night a week for eight weeks to prepare and present this memorable production. That’s the Shakespeare Challenge!

The Stage Manager will be responsible for:

  • Organizing rehearsal schedules
  • Preparing list of contacts
  • Maintaining weekly contact with participants, informing of them of any changes, updates, etc.
  • Assisting Director with recording blocking and taking other necessary notes with Stage Management Prompt Book
  • Organizing and maintain rehearsal space
  • Liaising with Shakespeare in Action office staff regularly throughout the duration of the rehearsals

Must be available for the following dates and times:

  • 6:30 pm-9:30 pm on January 20, 27, February 3, 10, 24, March 3, 10, 17, 2015
  • The dress rehearsal on March 24 , 2015 and final performance on March 25, 2015 (Times TBD)

The Costume Designer will be responsible for:

  • Meeting with Director and cast members to discuss ideas and vision for character costumes
  • Creating appropriate costumes for the show using Shakespeare in Action’s costume collection
  • Purchasing or renting any additional costume pieces required.

Must be available for the following dates and times:

  • 6:30 pm-9:30 pm on February 24, March 3, 10, 17, 2015
  • The dress rehearsal on March 24 , 2015 and final performance on March 25, 2015 (Times TBD)

If you are interested in applying for either of these positions, please send a resume and cover letter to Cover Letters can be addressed to Michael Kelly, Artistic Director.

The Shakespeare Challenge: Deadline to register December 19!

Are you looking to make a difference in the lives of young people across Toronto? Time is running out to register for the Shakespeare Challenge, our annual fundraiser where corporate meets classical!

We are still looking for fearless community members that are willing to get on stage and perform an abridged version of The Comedy of Errors, all in the name of giving access to the arts to students in priority neighborhoods across Toronto!
All we ask of you is to attend rehearsals, and help us sell tickets to the show! Details can be found on our Shakespeare Challenge page.

Take a look at the video below, and find out how one of our past performers felt about her experience doing the challenge in 2012!

If you have any questions about the Shakespeare Challenge, please feel free to send us an e-mail, or give us a call at (416) 703-4881. If you would like to register, click on the registration button below!

Eventbrite - Shakespeare Challenge 2015- Performer Registration

Some New Faces at SIA

The SIA office has been busy preparing for the Shakespeare Meets Hip Hop tour and the Shakespeare Challenge, so we haven’t had the chance to formally introduce some new members to the team! We are happy to bring Steve Haviaras on as our Interim General Manager, and Kyle Villeneuve will be our Administrator/ Marketing Manager.


Steve Haviaras

Steve Haviaras has been an arts administrator his entire career in Canada and the U.S. while serving in management, fundraising, marketing and communication roles for symphony orchestras, opera and theatre companies, conservatories and arts education organizations throughout North America. Also, as President of Arts Consulting International, Steve has been actively involved with numerous performing arts organizations, granting agencies and arts alliances as well as being a frequent lecturer on arts administration. Steve has dedicated his career to creating vibrant, relevant and self-sustaining arts organizations while also helping to further develop arts education, advocate for the arts and help nurture vibrant cultural communities. “ I am excited to be a part of Shakespeare In Action, working with its dedicated staff and supporters to help advance and promote the arts to young audiences and our community while contributing to the ongoing viability and growth of such a dynamic and worthwhile organization.”


Kyle Villeneuve

Kyle grew up in Ottawa, where he first got involved in performance in
school and community theatres. After studying theatre at Brock
University, Kyle moved to Toronto to chase a career in the arts. Kyle
has spent several years touring schools through out Southern Ontario,
as well as performing sketch comedy in various venues in Toronto. Kyle
blames his family and friends for encouraging the kind of behavior
that led him to a career in the arts.

Shakespeare Challenge Sneak Peek- Rehearsals!

With only 2 weeks left to go until the Shakespeare Challenge fundraising gala in Toronto, the pressure is on for our fearless challengers to rehearse an abridged version of Twelfth Night! We were lucky enough to snap some pictures of the rehearsal on May 6, so take a peek at what the show is starting to look like!

To see the rest of the photos on Facebook, click here!

Want to join us for the fun on May 21? Get your tickets now!