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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!

Now Accepting Applications: Shakespeare in Action Administrative Internship Program 2015/16

Shakespeare in Action Administrative Internship Program 2015/16

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Shakespeare in Action’s Administrative Internship program has given dozens of interns meaningful opportunities to develop professional skills, network with professional theatre artists and be part of a dynamic creative team committed to awakening a passion for Shakespeare, classical theatre and the arts.

Professional experience is available in many aspects of theatre production, event planning  and arts administration.

Interns will gain experience and job skills in:

  • Grant writing
  • Fundraising and event planning
  • Marketing in a non-profit context
  • Customer service and sales
  • Education and outreach programming
  • Videography and documentation
  • Box Office and customer relations
  • Elements of theatre production when production permits

Internships are designed to be learning based, and interns will be mentored closely by professional administrators and artists including directors, designers and production personnel. Ideal for anyone looking to gain experience working in arts administration.

Requirements

Successful interns must be able to commit a minimum of 8 to 12 hours per week and the internship runs from October 2015 – June 2016.

There is flexibility around days/time worked.

Successful applicants will either be enrolled in or have completed a University degree in a pertinent field, including Arts in Education, Business, Marketing, Theatre production, or similar areas.

Most importantly, successful applicants will have a passion for Shakespeare, classical theatre or theatre for young audiences, have a desire to learn more about creating theatre in a professional context and be a good team player.

Applicants from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Additional Info

This is a volunteer intership.

As our office is based in a Toronto high school and work closely with young people, successful applicants will be required to produce a negative CPIC (Criminal Record Check).

How to Apply

Interested applicants should send an up-to-date resume, and a brief cover letter via email to info@shakespeareinaction.org by 5pm on Wednesday, October 7th, 2015.

The Early Bard Gets the Discount- Book Now!

The 2015/16 season has just begun, and we cannot wait to bring Shakespeare Meets Hip Hop and Suddenly Shakespeare directly to your school! As a special bonus, we are offering an Early Bard discount if you book before October 16, 2015!*

Shakespeare Meets Hip Hop- November 23- December 4, 2015 and April 18- May 6, 2016

Shakespeare Meets Hip Hop is a vibrant, interactive presentation that demonstrates how modern hip-hop shares many similarities with the themeslanguage and rhythm used by Shakespeare. Both are full of poetry, word play and lyricism, and both deal with what it is to be human.

The presentation features three professional actors, thumb-nail sketches of Shakespeare’s life and times, and key scenes & speeches from Shakespeare’s most popularly studied plays – including MacbethRomeo & Juliet and Hamlet.

Shakespeare Meets Hip Hop brings alive the parallels between the world of the plays and their own contemporary experience. It’s the perfect complement to your in-class teaching of a specific play, in the beginning, in the middle or at the end.

Suddenly Shakespeare- April 4-15, 2016

This Spring, Shakespeare in Action brings Kim Selody’s sparking production of Suddenly Shakespeare to your school.

This hour long performance brings four of Shakespeare’s best-loved plays –Romeo and Juliet, The Tempest, Macbeth and Twelfth Night – to life for children ages five to seventy-five. Featuring music, dance and physical comedy, the performance is the perfect introduction to Shakespeare for young audiences.

Shakespeare in Action’s Artistic Director, Michael Kelly, describes the show as “a feast of magic, laughter, music and spectacle.” He says, “Suddenly Shakespeare will knock your kids’ socks off! Shakespeare’s stories are so magical, and the show allows kids, no matter what their age, to really participate with the material in a fun and engaging way.”

*Book either of these shows before October 16, 2015, and SAVE $50!

For more information, or to book, please call (416) 703-4881, or e-mail info@shakespeareinaction.org!

Shakespeare Summer Camp for Kids and Young Company for Teens- ONLY 1 WEEK LEFT TO REGISTER!

Time is running out to register for our Shakespeare Summer Camp for Kids and Young Company for Teens summer training program! There are still spots available for kids ages 7-17 to join us on stage for a few weeks of fun during their summer vacation. Registration ends on Thursday, June 25, 2015, so hurry and book your spot today!

Shakespeare Summer Camp for Kids

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Kids will learn to act, sing, improvise, construct costumes, and design sets – all while having the time of their lives! The program runs for 2 weeks, Monday to Friday, from 9am to 4pm daily. Our team of highly skilled professional actors provide master-class level instruction. Kids perform their very own Shakespeare production for parents, extended family, and friends!

  • Ages: 7-12
  • Dates: Weekdays, Monday, June 29 – Friday, July 10, 2015. No camp on Canada Day.
  • Location: Shakespeare in Action, 385 Roxton Road, Toronto
  • Focus Play: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • Work with a professional actor
  • Act, sing, improvise, design sets and costumes
  • Build confidence
  • Make new friends

Eventbrite - 2015 Shakespeare in Action Summer Camp for Kids!

Shakespeare Young Company for Teens

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This is now a 4-week intensive training program in stage and film performance. Professional actors and directors lead workshops in theatre and film techniques. No drama or performance experience is required. Participants rehearse and perform one of Shakespeare’s more challenging plays. Teens are encouraged to develop their own interpretations of Shakespeare’s works to create and showcase a multi-media performance.

  • Ages: 13-17
  • Dates: Weekdays, Monday, June 29 – Friday, July 24, 2015. No camp on Canada Day.
  • Location: Shakespeare in Action, 385 Roxton Road, Toronto
  • Focus Play: Hamlet
  • Work with a professional actor
  • Act, sing, improvise, design sets and costumes
  • Build confidence
  • Make new friends

Eventbrite - 2015 Shakespeare in Action Summer Camp for Teens!

Have a question about Shakespeare in Action’s summer programming? E-mail us at education@shakespeareinaction.org, or call us at (416) 703-4881!

2015/16 SEASON ANNOUNCEMENT!

Shakespeare in Action is excited to announce our upcoming 2015/16 season! Tours, workshops, and our free library club are only some of the things that we will be bringing to your school and neighborhood in the coming year. We hope to continue fostering literacy, enhancing creativity and promoting speech arts in the lives of youth across Ontario. Take a look below to read about all of the great things we have in store for next season!

Shakespeare Meets Hip Hop– School Tour, Nov 23- Dec 4, 2015 and April 18- May 6, 2016

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Returning for the 2015/16 by popular demand, Shakespeare Meets Hip Hop is a vibrant, interactive presentation that demonstrates how modern hip-hop shares many similarities with the themes, language and rhythm used by Shakespeare. Both are full of poetry, word play and lyricism, and both deal with what it is to be human.

The presentation features three professional actors, thumb-nail sketches of Shakespeare’s life and times, and key scenes & speeches from Shakespeare’s most popularly studied plays – including MacbethRomeo & Juliet and Hamlet.

Shakespeare Meets Hip Hop brings alive the parallels between the world of the plays and their own contemporary experience. It’s the perfect complement to your in-class teaching of a specific play, in the beginning, in the middle or at the end.

Visit our website for more information, or to book your school today!

Masterclass Workshops– Available from September- July! 
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  • 75-minute exploration of any Shakespeare play.
  • An opportunity to work with an experienced actor-educator who visits your school.
  • A chance for students to be on their feet, exploring the text through voice and movement exercises.
  • For Kindergarten – Grade 12, up to 30 students per workshop.
  • Programs available for ELL, ESL/EDL students.

For more information, or to book a workshop, please visit our website!

School Residencies– Available from September- June!

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  • An in-depth study of a Shakespeare play over several weeks.
  • An opportunity to work with a professional actor-educator who visits your school.
  • An interactive and dynamic approach to Shakespeare that gets students on their feet and exploring the story.
  • For Kindergarten – Grade 12, up to 30 students per Residency.

Fore more information, or to book a residency, please visit our Residencies page!

TD Shakespeare for Kids Library Club– Fall, Winter, and Spring Sessions
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  • free readers’ theatre program for kids ages 7-12
  • Magic, witches, ghosts, silly mix-ups, and swordplay in some of the greatest stories ever told!
  • Explore plays such as The Comedy of ErrorsMacbethA Midsummer Night’s DreamRomeo & JulietThe Tempest, and Twelfth Night.
  • Read aloud and play drama games and meet other Shakespeare fans!
  • Led by professional actors and educators.
  • Up to 24 participants per session.

Dates and locations coming soon. Check our website for updates!

The Shakespeare Challenge– April 6, 2016

Antipholus of Ephesus and Dromio of Ephesus are locked out of their home.

For the past four years, community members from the corporate sector fearlessly took to the stage in productions of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s DreamThe TempestTwelfth Night, and The Comedy of Errors to raise funds for Shakespeare In Action’s educational programming. Their generosity has helped to foster literacy, enhance creativity and promote speech arts for youth at risk in Toronto’s priority neighborhoods.

Play announcement and registration information coming soon! Check our website for updates!

Shakespeare Fight Club– Dates and location to be confirmed!

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Over eight rigorous weeks, Shakespeare in Actions leads an innovative new program in practical performance training, based in theories of embodiment. We blend stage combat, dance choreography and Shakespearean scene study with urban art forms such as break-dancing and hip hop, culminating in a series of public performances in the neighborhood. The program is led by an expert team of theatre professionals.

The program is based on the premise that young people at risk need safe creative spaces that are stimulating, challenging and thought provoking. We identify and address root causes of violence, and create a performance that seeks to positively reinforce the lives of our young participants, and to engender pride in the community.

For more information on the Shakespeare Fight Club, please visit our website!

Shakespeare Summer Camp for Kids- Testimonials

The Shakespeare Summer Camp for Kids runs from June 29- July 10, 2015 at our headquarters in Toronto, and has been delighting kids of all ages for over a decade! Campers will learn to act, sing, improvise, construct costumes, and design sets – all while having the time of their lives! Summer Camp runs from June 29- July 10, 2015, Monday-Friday at our headquarters in Toronto. See what some of our past Shakespeare Kids have to say about their experience at camp!

For more information, or to register for camp, visit our Shakespeare Summer Camp for Kids page!

Have a teen that is looking to step into the spotlight this summer too? Visit our Young Company for Teens page to find out more about our Summer training Program in stage and film performance!

Shakespeare Young Company for Teens- Build a Show From the Ground Up!

The Shakespeare Young Company for Teens summer intensive training program is now a 4-week intensive training program in stage and film performance! Professional actors and directors lead workshops in theatre and film techniques. Participants rehearse and perform one of Shakespeare’s more challenging plays, and are encouraged to develop their own interpretations of Shakespeare’s works to create and showcase a multi-media performance for friends and family! The program runs from June 29- July 24, 2015 at our headquarters in Toronto. Watch below for some great footage of past productions!

For more information, or to register, visit our Young Company for Teens page!

Have a younger Shakespeare fan that is looking to step into the spotlight this summer too? Visit our Shakespeare Summer Camp for Kids page to find out more about our summer programming for kids!