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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: MFA in Stage Direction at York University in Collaboration with Canadian Stage

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For more information on how to apply for the program, click here!

2013/14 Season Announcement!

For main-stage shows and workshops, call for more information or to book: 416-703-4881

- Hamlet's 100 Worries - November 25-29, 2013 Kaleb Alexander Photo: SIA

Main Stage:
Hamlet
Shakespeare meets shadow puppetry
December 2-6, 2013
Kaleb Alexander
Photo: SIA

Double Tragedy: - Romeo & Juliet -  March 31 - April 11, 2014 L-R: Kaleb Alexander and Shaina Silver-Baird Photo: Joel Charlebois

Main Stage:
Double Tragedy: Romeo & Juliet
March 31 – April 11, 2014
L-R: Kaleb Alexander and Shaina Silver-Baird
Photo: Joel Charlebois

Double Tragedy: - Macbeth -  March 31 - April 11, 2014 T-B: David Shelley and Kaleb Alexander Photo: Joel Charlebois

Main Stage:
Double Tragedy: Macbeth
March 31 – April 11, 2014
T-B: David Shelley and Kaleb Alexander
Photo: Joel Charlebois

On Tour: - Shakespeare Alive -  November 4 - 15. 2013 and April 28 - May 9, 2014 L-R: Kaleb Alexander, Shaina Silver-Baird, and Marcel Stewart Photo: SIA

On Tour:
Shakespeare Alive
November 4 – 15, 2013 & April 28 – May 9, 2014
Click here to read reviews!
L-R: Kaleb Alexander, Shaina Silver-Baird, and Marcel Stewart
Photo: SIA

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

In the Classroom:
Workshops & Residencies
September – July
Click here to see us on the TDSB site!
Photo: SIA

In the Community: - Shakespeare Without Fear in the Classroom - Artistic Director Michael Kelly @ York U. July 8 - 10, 2013

In the Community:
– Shakespeare Without Fear in the Classroom –
Artistic Director Michael Kelly @ York U.
Click here to learn more or register.
July 8 – 10, 2013

In the Community: - Word on the Street Toronto -  September 22, 2013

In the Community:
Word on the Street Toronto
September 22, 2013

In the Community: - Council of Ontario Drama & Dance Educators Conference - October 18 - 20, 2013

In the Community:
– Council of Ontario Drama & Dance Educators Conference –
Click here to learn more!
October 18 – 20, 2013

In the Community: - TD Shakespeare for Kids Library Club -  Fall, Winter, Spring Photo: SIA

In the Community:
TD Shakespeare for Kids Library Club
Fall, Winter, Spring
Click here to see a photo essay!
Photo: SIA

Shakespeare Kids – Meet 12-year-old Vanessa, Founder of Camp Wallflower

Vanessa

Vanessa

 

Meet Vanessa, in Grade 6 and going places.  Vanessa became part of the Shakespeare family years ago, when she participated in the TD Shakespeare for Kids Library Club. Now, she’s making her own mark in the community, as the founder of Camp Wallflower – a free, two-day camp for girls 11-13. Vanessa was kind enough to take time out her busy day to speak with me.

Laboni: Tell me a little about yourself.

Vanessa: I’m 12 years old. I was given a grant from York University to take part in a youth-led initiative program called EGCC – Engaging Girls Changing Communities. It was a contest. I thought of having a camp for girls who are socially awkward and that’s how the idea started.

Laboni: How did you hear about the opportunity?

Vanessa: My mom had Facebook at the time and she was looking on-line, on her wall and news feed and saw this contest from one of her friends. I was looking through all the rubrics and only ages 15-25 could participate. I was really disappointed when I saw that. I really wanted to do it. I wasn’t going to give up, so I asked my mom if she could e-mail the lead group, EGCC, and she did…They told us they would lower the age range because of her request…I am the youngest of all chosen.

Laboni: What was your inspiration?

Vanessa: When I go to school, I see girls who are not raising their hands and a really shy and I think that’s really sad. I thought that it would be a good idea to address this idea publicly. I thought that the camp would educate them in a fun sort of way.

Laboni: Were you shy?

Vanessa: I would say I was a little more shy before, and I became more comfortable as the years went by.

Laboni: Tell me a little more about Camp Wallflower.

Vanessa: It’s for girls ages 11-13. It’s a free two-day camp, June 8th and 9th (it’s a weekend). The camp runs from 10am to 3pm on both days, in the Grandravine Community Centre.

I will have 8 different stations, like music, arts, sports etc. and each of those stations will have a different goal. Let’s say you were participating in a sports station, then the goal is learning to work as a team.

We will have different presentations and different speakers. Councillor Maria Augimeri will be making an appearance, Girl Guides, and [a] Plan Canada “Because I am a girl” [campaign representative].

Laboni: Want do you want girls to take away from Camp Wallflower?

Vanessa: I would want them to be more social, and I want them to be aware of this whole idea, why I’m doing this…I’m pretty sure they will be exposed to different things and hopefully that will open their minds a bit more.

Laboni:  Thanks Vanessa. Is there anything else that you would like to share?

Vanessa: I’ve been asked a lot what a wallflower is. A wallflower is basically someone who is not very outgoing, very shy, an observer, someone who watches from the sidelines. My Grade 2 teacher explained that to us.
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Camp Wallflower: A Place for Girls
Ages 11-13
Grandravine Community Recreation Centre
23 Grandravine Drive, North York
Saturday, June 8th & Sunday, June 9th, 2013
10am-3pm daily
To register, e-mail campwallflower@hotmail.ca

Spread the word!
Facebook – Camp Wallflower
Twitter @campwallflower

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.