The Shakespeare Challenge

April 6, 2016 to April 6, 2016

Eventbrite - The Shakespeare Challenge 2016- Performer Registration



Have an inner flair for the dramatic? Ever wanted to perform Shakespeare on stage? Here’s your opportunity! We are calling on all professionals with the desire to make a difference in the lives of at-risk youth!

Toronto, the city of workToronto, take a break and play! Step out of your Winter routine and into the spotlight this Spring, and join the cast of Shakespeare in Action’s 5th annual fundraiser, the Shakespeare Challenge!

About the Challenge:

For the past four years, community members from the corporate sector fearlessly took to the stage in productions of some of William Shakespeare’s most popular plays 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.

Shakespeare Challenge 2016
In celebration of the 5th Shakespeare Challenge, this year we are looking for a group of 14 courageous community members to volunteer their time to rehearse and perform an abridged version of one of Shakespeare’s beloved comedies, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, at the Historic Arts and Letters Club of Toronto.

Requirements for Shakespeare Challenge participants: 

  • 8 rehearsals, a small amount time. Tuesday’s only from 6:30pm – 9:30pm, January 12th– April 5th, 2016.
  • 8 tickets, sold for $75 each to friends, family members, and colleagues to the final show.
  • Be professionally coached and directed by our renowned Artistic Director, Michael Kelly.
  • Socialize & meet new friends that help to create an exciting community event that supports youth.
  • Ensure youth from priority neighbourhoods get access to professional theatre arts programming.
  • Make a commitment to have fun, exercise your inner actor and enjoy the magic of Shakespeare.

Upon registration, each champion will make a tax deductible deposit of $100.00, and will commit to attending scheduled rehearsals, and selling a minimum of 8 tickets to the final performance on April 6, 2015.

To register, click on the Register Now button below! The deadline to register is December 18, 2015.
Participants must be at least 18 years old.

Eventbrite - The Shakespeare Challenge 2016- Performer Registration


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

  • January 12, 2016 (First Meeting and Read Through)
  • January 19, 2016
  • February 2, 2016
  • February 9, 2016
  • February 23, 2016
  • March 1, 2016
  • March 15, 2016
  • March 22, 2016
  • March 29, 2016
  • April 5, 2016 (Dress Rehearsal)
  • April 6, 2016 (Final Show)

Rehearsal space TBD

“The Shakespeare Challenge is an opportunity for non-actors to explore their secret inner thespian in a supportive peer based environment. You will walk away with incredible memories of your time on stage, as well as long lasting friendships. An opportunity to be tried at least once,”

-Denise, Shakespeare Challenge 2015 participant

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If you are unable to attend the fundraising gala, but still want to do your part to help Shakespeare in Action, don’t worry, there’s still a way! On the night of the performance, we will be providing every guest with a show programme, which will feature ads from you and other local establishments! Here is the price breakdown for a featured ad in our show programme:

Full page (5×8)- $100 – Half page (5×4)- $50 – Quarter page (2.5×4)- $25

We are also looking for volunteers to help out with production and event planning leading up to and on the evening of the gala. Please contact us for more information!

On the night of the gala, a live and silent auction will be held to raise additional funds. If you are interested in donating an item or a service to our silent auction, please feel free to phone us at (416) 703-4881, or e-mail

Purchase a ticket for the Shakespeare Challenge Gala Fundraiser and join us for:

  • An abridged version of a Shakespeare play, performed by our courageous community members!
  • Food, drink, and live music following the show!
  • A live and silent auction of fabulous items and packages!
  • The chance to give youth in priority neighborhoods across Toronto access to the arts!

Details on how to purchase a ticket coming soon!