Our Team

David di Giovanni

Artistic Director

David di Giovanni is a playwright, theatre director, and North York resident.  He co-founded madonnanera with Amanda Cordner, a theatre company invested in creating new outrageous and intersectional work for the stage and screen.  He is the Artistic Director of Shakespeare in Action, and is passionate about growing performing arts experiences outside of the city centre.  

Tamara Freeman

Associate Managing



















Producer

Tamara Freeman is very happy to be a part of the Shakespeare in Action family as the Artist and Outreach Coordinator, managing the Artists Supporting Community Initiative (ASCI) program. She is a graduate of the Acting for Film and Television program at Humber College. Since graduation, she has been blessed with incredible experiences on stage, set and in recording studios as an actor and creative, both in Toronto and Ottawa. She continues her artistic journey by setting her sights on both directing and artistic leadership having recently become the fourth company member of Skipping Stones Theatre. Freeman also works as an Artist-Educator for both Shakespeare in Action, and A Company of Fools.

Suchiththa Wickremesooriya

educAtion coordinator
















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 has been tutoring and teaching a wide array of subjects since the age of 15, including for SIA. Select Credits: The Tempest (Citadel Theatre), The Secret Garden (Theatre Calgary), Midsummer Night’s Dream (SIA), 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. He is passionate about education and very excited to work with SIA’s many talented artist-educators to bring their work to schools all over the GTA, both in-person and online.

Matt Nethersole

outreach assistant


























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

Rikki Katarina

Communications Assistant









Rikki Katarina is happy to be back working with the SIA family! A recent Honours Grad from YorkU in Theatre Studies and current Acting for Camera and Voice student at Seneca College, throughout her training, she’s had experience in writing, directing, video/sound editing and website design.

Rikki’s ability to approach her work with professionalism was recognized by the John Abbott College Theatre Department where she studied Acting and received the Pamela Montgomery Award upon graduation. A native of Montreal, she now resides in Toronto.

Our Board of Directors

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

Joanne Acri

VICE-CHAIR

Partner,
Junction Collective

Member since 2019

Howard Goldby

Chair

President
Excellutions Ltd

Member since 2018

Sharlene Henry

Director

AutoWorker
FCA Canada

Member since 2021

Kelly McAllister

Director

Member since 2020

Jeffrey Nguyen

Director

Content Development Lawyer –
LexisNexis Canada Inc

Member since 2021

Ayushi Patel

Director

Hawely and Company

Member since 2021

Zorana Sadiq

Director

Theatre Artist, Musician, Arts Educator

Member since 2021

Zeshan Saghir

Director

Director, Internal Audit
CIBC

Member since 2021

Vivianne Wilson

Director

Founder and President,
GreenPort

Member since 2021