David di Giovanni
Artists & Outreach
Suchiththa Wickremesooriya is a multi-disciplinary actor/educator who has recently been drawn to multi-sensory theatre as well as physical theatre. As an educator, he holds a M.A in Musical Theatre and teaches for SIA in schools and for their Library Program. Select Credits: The Tempest (Citadel Theatre), The Secret Garden (Theatre Calgary), Creases in My Sari (Alumnae Theatre) and Pocket Rocket (Lost and Found). He appeared last on stage in Bend it Like Beckham the Musical, but has continued to perform in Zoom plays, musicals and rehearsed readings. Follow him @SuchiththaW on IG, Twitter and FB.
(6ix Summer Pop Ups)
Matt Nethersole is a Juno Award nominated multi-disciplinary performer, educator and artivist. His work employs music creation, poetry, dance and theatre to express an eternal longing for nature and the cosmic complexity of human life. Matt’s career has taken him from the stages of Stratford and Shaw to Theatre Passe Muraille and Buddies in Bad Times as well as regional theatres across Canada. Matt is dedicated to using the arts as a mechanism for social change by making art accessible to over-exploited communities. Matt’s greatest hope for his life and work is that it be a symbol of loving kindness and a prompt for others to recognize their inherent power and value.
“The happiness of one’s own heart alone cannot satisfy the soul; one must try to include, as necessary to one’s own happiness, the happiness of others.” – Paramhansa Yogananda
(6ix Summer Pop Ups)
Vanessa Sears is an educator and award winning actor who is thrilled to be joining Shakespeare in Action as a Community Programs Facilitator. Having just taught ‘Acting for Musicals’ at CBY Music and currently performing in Musical Stage Company’s innovative concert series ‘Porchside Songs’, Vanessa is excited to continue merging her artistic practice with community engagement and education.
Selected credits: Emmie in Caroline or Change – Dora Award, Toronto Theatre Critic’s Award (Musical Stage Co and Obsidian Theatre), Mum in Billy Elliot, Ronette in Little Shop of Horrors (Stratford Festival); Mary Poppins in Mary Poppins – Critic’s Pick Award, Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz – Dora Award (Young People’s Theatre); Flaemmchen in Grand Hotel, Polly Plummer in The Magician’s Nephew, Zoe in An Octoroon (Shaw Festival); Nicola in Kinky Boots – BroadwayWorld Award (Mirvish Productions). Next up you can catch Vanessa on TVO’s Odd Squad.
(6ix Summer Pop Ups)
Malindi Ayienga is a Dora Award winning Toronto based artist, activist and co-founder of Diva Day International. Diva Day empowers youhg menstruators by eliminating barriers to education. Since it’s inception in 2017, Diva Day has provided over a thousand young menstruators with DivaCups and menstrual health education. Malindi has an Honours Bachelor degree in Musical Theatre Performance and a passion for people. For the past year, Malindi has been combining her love of theatre and her love for children by performing at Young People’s Theatre.
Admin & Marketing
Julien Rutherford is a bilingual (French & English) theatre artist and emerging arts manager who is passionate about education and working with youth. He is a graduate of Humber College’s “Theatre Arts – Performance” program and has an additional background in communications and public relations. Julien also possesses experience in teaching and has taught ESL for the past four summers in France.
For more information about Julien’s professional experience, visit his LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/julienrutherford
Our Board of Directors
Shakespeare in Action is grateful for the support and guidance of our dedicated and experienced Board of Directors
Founder, The Spread
Member since 2015
Member since 2018
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:
- Web Development
- Strategic Alliances
How to Apply?
Please forward a resume and cover letter to: email@example.com with the subject line “Board of Director Position”