Our Team

Michael Kelly

Artistic DIrector

Michael Kelly is an actor, director, producer, writer, teacher, and arts educator. He is the founder and current artistic director of “Shakespeare In Action” Theatre Company in Toronto. His work has attracted local, national and international media attention for its innovative work with young audiences; with feature presentations on W-5, Canada AM, TVO Imprint and C.B.C.’s “As It Happens.” His credits include directing many Shakespeare and contemporary plays; teaching master classes for the Shakespeare Globe in London, Canada’s Stratford Festival, the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival, York University and Shakespeare Globe Centre in New Zealand.  Michael is an adjunct professor in the theatre department in the School of Arts, Media, Performance and Design at York University. He has taught acting for such established institutes as George Brown College, Randolph Academy for the Arts, and the National Youth Drama School in New Zealand. Michael is a Paul Harris Fellow appointed by the Rotary international foundation as well as recipient of the Canada council J.B.C. Watkins Award given to outstanding Canadian artists to pursue academic research. 

David di Giovanni

Artistic Director

Beth Ransom

Education & outreach


Rikki Katarina

admin. & Marketing


Our Board of Directors

Shakespeare in Action is grateful for the support and guidance of our dedicated and experienced Board of Directors

Ben Gunn


Founder, The Spread

Member since 2015

Howard Goldby


Excellutions Ltd

Member since 2018

Romina Cortina


Member since 2018

Joanne Acri


Member since 2019

Call for Directors

Shakespeare In Action Seeking candidates for Board of Directors

Shakespeare in Action is a culturally-diverse theatre company that aspires to enhance the arts and education through exploring and performing Shakespeare’s plays. We are dedicated to fostering literacy, enhancing creativity and promoting speech arts by making the language and stories of Shakespeare accessible and relevant to young audiences, their families and the community Shakespeare in Action seeks to inspire audiences of all ages to discover Shakespeare’s universal truths in our everyday world, showing the influence classical theatre has within our community. Additional information about the organization can be found found throughout our website.

Shakespeare in Action is currently seeking new members to supplement its Board of Directors. Of particular interest are individuals with a background in any of the following areas:

  • Fundraising
  • Web Development
  • Strategic Alliances

How to Apply?

Please forward a resume and cover letter to: info@shakespeareinaction.org with the subject line “Board of Director Position”