Humber River Shakespeare in the Classroom

Available throughout the School year starting in October

Playshop         Our Teaching Team         Book A Playshop

What is Playshop?


Shakespeare was a PLAYwright.

He wrote PLAYS...not WORKS

He wrote for actors, who in the Elizabethan Era were actually called PLAYERS

They performed in theatres known as PLAYHOUSES


Humber River Shakespeare’s Teaching Artists will take Shakespeare's stories and language off the page and into the hearts, bodies, voices, and imaginations of your students.  Allow your students to discover why his words need to be spoken, need to be played.


Our PLAYshops can be centered on the Shakespeare play of your choice or provide a general introduction to Shakespeare’s language and themes


Our PLAYshops are ideal for students from Grade 7 and up and can be tailored to the specific needs of your classroom and your curriculum.


Our Teaching Artists are professional actors with specific training in classical theatre performance and experience in arts education. Our Education Team can work with your school to create a unique Playshop experience for your students.


Our PLAYshops are loosely based along 3 different themes, but can always be customized to meet your classrooms needs:


Our Teaching Artists/Education Team


Paula Schultz - Theatre in Education Coordinator

Paula is a graduate of Queen's University (BA/BEd) where she was a member of the Artist in Community focus track and completed her alternate practicum with the Stratford Shakespeare Festival. As an actor she has performed with the Thousand Islands Playhouse, Theatre Kingston, Stage West, Dream North (Toronto/Whitehorse), Rose Theatre (Shakespeare in the Square), Humber River Shakespeare and others. 

She has taught the Ontario Drama and English curricula at the high school level and has over ten years of experience as an instructor in recreational arts programs. 


Kevin Hammond - Artistic Director 

As Artistic Director for Humber River Shakespeare Kevin has directed Twelfth Night, Much Ado About Nothing, The Taming of the Shrew, The Comedy of Errors, A Christmas Carol, among other plays. Kevin spent five years as Artistic Director for Toronto's Shakespeare in the Rough (2001-2005).In 2010, Kevin was the featured performer for Oxford University Press' OXFORD NEXT on-line Shakespeare Program. 

Kevin has participated in the Teaching Shakespeare School at the Stratford Festval and has completed the Certificate Course in Arts Education in partnership with York University and the Stratford Shakespeare Festival.


Sara Moyle Artistic Producer

Sara attended Ryerson in Theatre Acting and completed her degree in Creative Writing from York University.  She has been an artist-educator for 15 years, working with students in classrooms from the GTA to New York with Expect Theatre, Driftwood, and Shakesperience. Sara also teaches movement and yoga to high school students.

As an actor, Sara has enjoyed performing in various Shakespeare productions with Driftwood Theatre, Shakespeare in the Rough, Theatre By the Bay, Spark Productions (Toronto, Philadelphia), Tempest Theatre, and Humber River Shakespeare. 


Book a Playshop for your School

Fill out the form below or CLICK HERE to download the Electronic Package and Workshop Request Form.(2.86mb pdf)

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Choose a specific Playshop for your students, or choose them all

You can customize your classroom experience by selecting your play, the number of Playshops you would like to book, and the number of students involved

Our PLAYlist:

Choose a play from the following selections

Romeo and Juliet Macbeth A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Julius Caesar Hamlet Much Ado About Nothing
Twelfth Night Othello The Taming of the Shrew

Select your PLAYshop:

Beginning with the Bard     Speak the Speech     Page to Stage    


1 PLAYshop: $200     2 PLAYshops: $375     3 PLAYshops: $500

* Subsidised fees available for qualifying schools. *
For larger groups, a $2 premium per student applies.

All Playshops run from 45-75 minutes, based on one classroom period.

Our PLAYhouse:

All Playshops accommodate up to 40 students. They can take place in classrooms, drama rooms or gymnasiums.
Teacher name: School:
Phone: Email:
Class Size: Class Subject:
Preferred Running Time: Preferred Dates for PLAYshop:

Additional Questions or Comments:

Let us know if you are interested in arranging artist residencies or long term projects and support.

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