The Shakespeare Challenge

February 7, 2017 to May 4, 2017 6:30 - 9:30


About the Shakespeare Challenge

For the past five 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.

Each year, these challenge champions have come together to unleash their inner thespian and, under the direction of Shakespeare in Action’s renowned Artistic Director Michael Kelly, rehearsed and performed an abridged version of a Shakespearean play. In a race against time, these brave souls rehearsed one night a week for eight weeks to prepare and present a memorable production for friends, family, and colleagues. That’s the Shakespeare Challenge!

Want to know more? See what past participants are saying:

Multiple Shakespeare Challenge participant Ben Gunn talks about his experience.

Multiple Shakespeare Challenge Participant Geeta Rajpal talks about her experience.

Take part in the challenge yourself:

Have an inner flair for the dramatic? Ever wanted to perform Shakespeare on stage? Here’s your opportunity! Stretch your thespian muscles, have fun, and help support one of the country’s oldest Shakespeare education companies for young audiences in the 6th Annual Shakespeare Challenge in Toronto on May 3rd and 4th, 2017!

This year, we are looking for a group of courageous community members (no acting experience required!) to volunteer their time to rehearse and perform an abridged version of one of Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies, Much Ado About Nothing, at the Historic Arts and Letters Club of Toronto. Past members include CEOs, financial advisors, sales team leaders, real estate agents, and so many more talented members of our community!

All funds raised will go towards granting youth at risk in Toronto’s Neighbourhood Improvement areas access to the arts through Shakespeare in Action’s educational programming.

Upon registration, each champion will pay a tax deductible registration fee of $200.00, and will commit to attending scheduled rehearsals, and selling a minimum of 10 tickets to the final performance on May 3 and 4th, 2017.

The deadline to register is January 31st, 2017! Participants must be at least 18 years old to register.

Rehearsals for the Shakespeare Challenge will take place on Tuesday nights from 6:30—9:30PM on the following dates:

  • Feb 7th,14th, 28th
  • Mar. 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th
  • Apr. 4th, 11th, 18, 25th
  • Dress Rehearsal: May 2nd

All rehearsals will take place in downtown Toronto

Please note: By registering you will be prompted to provide payment information for your $200 registration fee. In registering you also commit to participate in rehearsals, and we ask you to commit to sell a minimum of 10 tickets for your friends and family to come see you perform.


Thank you for your commitment and support! Without you, our work would not be possible!


Book your tickets to see the Shakespeare Challenge

By coming to our Gala you’ll get:

  • The chance to see an abridged version of Much Ado About Nothing performed by our courageous community members!
  • Good food, terrific drinks, and great music following the show!
  • The opportunity to bid on a number of fabulous items and packages in our live and silent auctions!
  • The chance to give youth in priority neighborhoods across Toronto access to the arts!


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