Who We Are
Humber River Shakespeare is a professional outdoor theatre company that seeks to enrich the artistic profile of communities along the historic Humber River.
We strive to produce theatrically engaging work with a focus on actors, not elaborate sets, to tell Shakespeare’s timeless stories. Our emphasis is on making the text understandable and accessible to both the Shakespearean novice and the experienced theatre patron. Humber River Shakespeare believes that an organic and symbiotic relationship between the community and its players leads toward the ultimate success of both parties.
Humber River Shakespeare prioritizes accessibility and theatre without barriers. All of our touring park productions are pay-what-you-can, so that anyone can afford to see the show.
We perform as they did in Shakespeare’s day – in the open air.
A respect for the beauty of the immediate environment is expressed through minimal and unobtrusive set designs and, wherever possible, without the use of electricity.
Our vision includes opportunities for young, emerging, and local artists to develop and showcase their skills in a professional forum.
We believe that diverse casting can welcome diverse audiences and make classical theatre relevant to growing populations.
We believe that by engaging youth artistically through educational workshops, we foster and encourage future artists, audience members, and active citizens.