Due to COVID-19 we have decided to postpone the performance-creation aspect of this project until further notice. We are piloting preliminary workshops online in partnership with York West Active Living Centre. See below!


Did you know Shakespeare wrote his play King Lear in quarantine?  Come join Pete Smith and Shakespeare in Action in our online story-telling workshop for folks over 55.  Tell a story. Tell your story.  Using Shakespeare’s King Lear as a springboard, you’ll receive guidance, be offered tools, and be inspired, to write, and tell compelling personal and fictional tales.  Through this story-sharing, we hope to create an ensemble and collect stories to turn into a community-based theatre production when social distancing is a thing of the past.  

4 sessions, 60 minutes / session (for 55 years of age and up)

Each class begins with a physical and vocal warmup and over the 4 sessions we’ll explore King Lear and telling your stories.  

Space is limited – class size maximum is 12.

When:  Mondays @ 10am – 11am

Dates:  May 4th – Jun 1st, 2020 *excluding May 18th*

Where: Zoom

Who: Priority for folks over 55 living in York South – Weston, but also open to anyone of any age who wants to be part of this project.

How: If you’re over 55, Email Danna at York West Active Living Centre at danna@ywalc.ca to register. If you’re under 55 or want more information, email David at david@shakespeareinaction.org.

Why: Feeling isolated?  Want to share stories?  No experience necessary. Come join!

Storyteller/instructor: Pete Smith – for 35 years he has worked coast to coast to coast as a professional writer, actor, director, story editor, dramaturge and producer working in theatre, film, television, radio, and podcast. A creator/teacher who has worked with students from 5 to 90 in communities, at universities, in highschools and colleges. From new works to the classics, from collective creation to one man shows, from the Banff Centre to the Blyth Festival, from Magnetic North in Newfoundland to the New Play Centre in Vancouver, Pete has been telling, gathering, and listening to stories his entire life.


For more information, email info@shakespeareinaction.org