Summer camps registering now

Shakespeare in Action and UrbanArts will be running summer camps.

UrbanArts’ camp is called SummerArts, and the info is below:


SIA will have “two different camps in July as well as an additional August session for ages 10-14 that will take place at Assembly Hall (located in South Etobicoke).”

The first is our Groundlings Camp for ages 7-10. This year the Groundlings will be taking on Romeo & Juliet. As in previous years, we will be guiding them through the process of building a whole play from scratch, including costumes, props and sets. Of course, the Groundlings will be working with professional actors the entire time to develop their performances.

In our Nobles Camp (ages 11-14), we will be tackling the classic tale of Julius Caesar. Participants will get an opportunity to be challenged by SIA’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s iconic drama! From prop, set and costume design to scene and movement work  campers will take a hands-on approach – all culminating in a fun and exciting performance for family and friends at Artscape Weston Common in North West Toronto.  

We are also excited to have added on a THIRD session of camp magic this summer for Campers aged 10-14! This will run August 2nd-12th at Assembly Hall in South Etobicoke. In this fun and collaborative drama camp your child will be immersed in the exciting world of theatre making. This session of campers will explore and perform our very own adaptation of Shakespeare’s great romantic drama, Romeo and Juliet!

All our programs will be done outdoors, with indoor spaces remaining a backup in case of inclement weather. Further policies for COVID-19, including our refund policy, can be found on our Eventbrite page: https://www.eventbrite.ca/cc/summer-camps-2022-286989

We are happy to be offering SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES for each camp session! Please be sure to email us at [email protected] to learn more! 

“Learn to swim” film

Image from Eventbrite

Shakespeare in Action and Castlepoint Numa are sponsoring the Weston showing of “Learn to Swim”, a new short film by Thyrone Tommy.

Thyrone Tommy is an award winning, internationally acclaimed Toronto-based filmmaker with roots in Weston! This exclusive ‘Weston’ showing of his new film ‘Learn to Swim’ is a truly unique event. Think of it as a special afternoon out for adults.

The showing will be Sunday, the 27 February from 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM. It will be in-person, at Artscape Weston Common. Tickets can be reserved online.

Weekend of theatre and music

Shakespeare in Action is bringing a number of really great events to the Little Avenue Memorial Park on the August 1 long weekend. It sounds like it will be really fantastic.

Musicians from the Weston Silver Band (100 years old this year!) will be playing on Thursday, July 29 starting at 7 p.m..


A Weston Weekend of Music & Theatre image

On Friday and Saturday,

The Weston Weekend of Music and Theatre program will include two danceworks choreographed by Neshama Nashman, one of which, a setting of J. S. Bach’s “Erbarme Dich” from St. Matthew Passion, was premiered last month to great acclaim by Ballett am Rhein in Düsseldorf, Germany. The Rebanks Fellows performing in this event are: Jillian Bonner, mezzo-soprano; Michael Bridge, accordion; River Guard, tenor; Jessy Je Young Kim, violin.

Finally, on Sunday, August 1 at 3 p.m., Wajdi Mouawad will reprise his role in the very excellent one-man play Alphonse.

Alphonse is lost and walking along a country road, weaving an intricate web of stories, while everyone is searching for him: parents, friends, teachers, the police. What they find is the thing we often give up in order to grow up.


A Weston Weekend of Music & Theatre image

Tickets are free, but donations are accepted.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Little Avenue Park

From Art in the Parks.

Weston’s resident theatre company, Shakespeare in Action will begin performing A Midsummer Night’s Dream next week for a two-week run in Little Avenue Park. The show will preview on Tuesday July 16 and Wednesday July 17. During these two nights, the company will rehearse, fine-tune and block the show using the unique features of the park.

For many in Weston, this will be the first chance to see SIA perform. Seven actors will play the various roles – this is a comedy and one of Shakespeare’s more accessible plays so it should be entertaining for all ages. Expect some interactivity and not all of the performance will be on stage.

Admission is free and seating is on the park’s grassy area, or bring a lawn chair. A limited number of rental chairs will be available each night. Some people are planning to picnic beforehand or purchase take out food from one of our many local restaurants. Just remember to put all litter in the trash cans.

SIA’s Community Outreach Coordinator Catriona Leger says that performances will be cancelled if it looks like bad weather will persist through the evening. A decision will be made by 6:00 pm each night and broadcast on social media.

The company requests that people refrain from taking photos or videos during performances for copyright reasons.

Little Avenue Park and its bandshell / stage. (File)

The play will last for 75 minutes and Catriona suggests that it will be great for audiences of all ages as well as a pre-bedtime treat for young children.

It’s a short walk from the UP Express Station. Click to enlarge.

Performance Schedule: Starting time is 7:00 pm for all performances.

  • Tuesday July 16, Preview
  • Wednesday July 17, Preview
  • Thursday July 18, Official Opening and Performance
  • Friday July 19, Performance
  • Saturday, July 20, Performance
  • Sunday July 21, Performance
  • Tuesday July 23, Performance
  • Wednesday July 24, Performance
  • Thursday July 25, Performance
  • Thursday July 26, Performance
  • Friday July 27, Performance
  • Saturday July 28, Performance
  • Sunday July 28, Performance and closing night.

Shakespeare in Action now hiring

Shakespeare in Action’s performance of the Lorde song, ‘Royals’ as applied to Lady Macbeth.

Shakespeare in Action is looking for new talent to assist in providing programs for young people. They’re looking for people with skills in teaching/education, music, spoken word, hip hop dance, rap, classical text, clown, and more. Those hired will join a roster of talent working in four capacities:

  • Running experiential workshops in schools (with commitments on a day-by-day basis)
  • Leading groups in the TD Shakespeare for Kids Library Club (commitment of 6 Saturdays required)
  • Performing in touring and mainstage productions (commitment of 4 to 6 weeks)
  • Being part of an exciting new program “Shakespeare Hip Hop Fusion” in association with the Toronto Public Library. Participants will serve as instructors and mentors to youth aged 13-17, helping to teach Shakespearean text, rap, hip hop dance, and/or spoken word.

Applicants will be asked to perform two of the following (of your choice):

  • a classical monologue
  • a song or rap
  • an original piece of text
  • a piece of spoken word or poem
  • a contemporary monologue

Auditions will be held on Thursday October 11th, 2018. Successful applicants will be trained on October 23rd and 24th.

For more information, click here.

Help Shakespeare In Action win $10,000

Shakespeare In Action is a theatre group that will be moving to Weston later this year. Here’s their latest fundraising promotion that will help them raise more funds for programs in Weston.

Help Us Win $10,000
with CanadaHelps

As the school year wraps up, we are turning our attention to building our new home in Weston. We’ve already raised over $17,000 with your support.

At the end of 2018, Shakespeare in Action is moving to a permanent studio theatre home in the Artscape Weston Common where we can make a difference by providing professional theatre to the community and theatre-training for youth.

Every dollar donated until June 30th enters us in for a chance to win $10,000 with CanadaHelps. 

Making a charitable donation to Shakespeare in Action will go towards creating an exciting and engaging season of theatre for the Weston community. Your gift will fund the School for Creativity and Storytelling for youth who may otherwise not have access to performance training. Finally, we hope to present summer Shakespeare in Little Avenue Memorial Park and bring Northwest Toronto’s families together in the heart of the community.

We need your support to ensure the success of our first year in our new neighbourhood. 

Donating $25 = 25 chances to win
Donating $100 = 100 chances to win
Donating $200 = 200 chances to win!
Click here to donate.