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Let the 2015/16 Season Begin!

Shakespeare in Action is back in action after a restful summer break, and we are ready to bring you another great season for the 2015/16 school year! Whether you are looking to bring The Bard to your classroom, or your entire school, Shakespeare in Action has a program to meet your needs. Take a look below to read about all of the great things we have in store for the next year!

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 season by popular demand, Shakespeare Meets Hip Hop is avibrant, 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.

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! 

In the Classroom: - Workshops & Residencies - September - July Photo: SIA

  • 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!

Suddenly Shakespeare– Tour, April 4-15, 2016

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Shakespeare in Action brings Kim Selody’s sparking production of Suddenly Shakespeare to your school in the Spring of 2016!

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. Make this a must see culture event for your students in the spring of 2016!

Visit our website to find out how to reserve your spot today!

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.

Check our website for dates and locations!

The Shakespeare Challenge– April 6, 2016

The twins meet. Egeon re-unites with his sons, Antipholus...and Antipholus.

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 Summer Camp for Kids and Young Company for Teens Summer Training Program

The Cast!

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!

The cast and directing team!

Teens will participate in 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.

For more information, please visit the Shakespeare Summer Camp for Kids or Young Company for Teens page on our website!

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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!

shakespeare-in-action-residency-program

  • 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!

TD Bank Group and Shakespeare for Kids- Celebrating 8 years together!

Shakespeare
 in 
Action 
is 
pleased
 to 
announce 
renewed 
support 
from
 TD
 Bank 
Group 
for 
the
 TD
 Shakespeare 
for
 Kids 
Library 
Club. 
Since 
2005,
 The 
TD
 Shakespeare 
for
 Kids
 Library 
Club,
 a 
literacy 
program
 for 
children 
aged 
7‐12, 
has
 been 
delivered
 in
 public
 libraries
 across
 Toronto.

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We 
are 
thrilled
 to
 support
 the 
TD 
Shakespeare
 for
 Kids 
Library
 Club
 as 
it 
places 
an
 emphasis
 on 
classic 
literary 
works 
that 
encourage 
reading 
and 
inspire 
the 
joy 
of
 learning,” said
 Alan 
Convery,
 Senior
 Manager,
 Community
 Relations,
 TD
 Bank
 Group.
 “We 
look 
forward
 to
 seeing
 this
 program
 continuing
 to
 grow.”

Developed
 by
 Shakespeare
 in 
Action
 Artistic
 Director 
Michael 
Kelly, 
in 
partnership
 with 
the 
Toronto Public Library,
 this
 FREE
 program 
has
 served
 over
 6000 
GTA
 children.
 This 
season,
 Shakespeare
 in
 Action
 is
 proud
 to
 announce
 that 30 
Toronto Public L
libraries
 will
 participate 
in 
the
 program 
from
 November
 2013
 through
 May
 2014.

The
 TD
 Shakespeare
 for 
Kids
 Library
 Club
 runs
 for 
six
 consecutive
 Saturdays
 and
 empowers
 children
 to 
learn 
through 
the 
arts.
 Shakespeare 
in
 Action
 assembles
 a
 team 
of 
highly
 trained
 and
 experienced
 actor‐educators 
to 
aid 
children 
in
 understanding 
Shakespeare’s 
poetic 
language.

I 
used
 to be
 shy,
 but
 now 
I 
feel 
like
 I’ve 
done 
something 
difficult 
and 
I 
feel 
more 
able 
to
 try 
new
 things,“
 says
 Mark,
 age
 12,
 a
 2012
 Library
 Club
 participant.

The 
program
 makes
 Shakespeare
 easy
 and 
fun
 and
 is 
so 
popular
 that
 retention 
rates
 are 
over 
90% 
in 
all 
30 
branches. 
Participants 
of 
the 
program 
read 
aloud 
from
 Shakespeare’s 
most 
famous 
works 
including 
Romeo 
and
 Juliet,
 The
 Tempest, 
A
 Midsummer
 Night’s
 Dream,
 Twelfth
 Night
 and
 Macbeth.
 Through
 their
 participation,
 children
 gain 
confidence 
and 
a 
deeper 
understanding
 of
 Shakespeare’s 
work.

This 
is 
what 
we’re 
all 
about,” 
said
 Shakespeare 
in
 Action
 Artistic
 Director, Michael
 Kelly,
 “Our
 mission
 of
 enhancing 
cultural 
literacy
 by
 bringing
 Shakespeare 
alive
 flourishes
 each 
and 
every 
time 
we 
deliver 
this 
program. 
I 
take 
my
 hat 
off 
to 
TD
 for 
 believing
 in 
the 
power 
of 
language 
and 
for 
their 
commitment 
to 
literacy.”

Registration
 for 
the 
2013/14‐ season 
is 
now 
open. 
For 
more 
information 
and
 a 
full
 schedule of 
participating 
Toronto Public Library 
locations, 
visit our TD Shakespeare for Kids page!