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



Photo Friday- Hamlet and His Advisors

As you may be aware, Shakespeare in Action turns 25 this year (we’re all grown up!), so you’ll forgive us if we’ve been caught up in nostalgia lately. Photo Friday lends the perfect opportunity to take a look back, quite literally, at our long and storied history. And since the first show of our 25th anniversary season is Hamlet, let’s take a peek at this priceless relic from the early days of Shakespeare in Action.

In this scene, advisors to Hamlet (i.e. students from a local secondary school) gather around to give the prince some much-needed counsel.


(Bonus points if you can deduce based on hairstyle alone in which decade of our illustrious history this photo was taken!)

Photo Friday! An ode to Starry Night

A Midsummer Night’s Dream Goghs in the Dark!

This May, we’ll be staging Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  To promote and celebrate the show, Jaclyn Scobie designed and painted a banner, adding some of Shakespeare’s characters to Vincent van Gogh’s famous painting, The Starry Night.

The Starry Night, 1889, Vincent van Gogh

Jaclyn used lots of white, yellow, gold, blue, and violet paint.  She thickened the paint with gel medium, so that it would “leap” off the canvas a bit more and applied the paint in short, unblended strokes to mimic van Gogh’s Expressionist style.   The canvas was quite wrinkled and the wrinkles were sort of like “speed bumps” that stopped her from blending the paint!  The fairies glow – or should I say “Gogh” – in the dark!  The banner is now hanging in one of Central Commerce Collegiate Institute’s upper windows – check it out!