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Shakespeare in the Ruff



General Manager: Brooklyn Doran

Artistic Director: Brendan McMurtry-Howlett

Shakespeare in the Ruff is a Toronto based theatre company dedicated to the rebirth of a Shakespeare tradition in the diverse neighbourhoods of Riverdale & Leslieville and performs annually, as of 2012, during the summer in Withrow Park. In addition to year-round programming and events, Shakespeare in the Ruff also has an apprenticeship program which runs in conjunction with our summer season.



Produced by Shakespeare in the Ruff

Richard Three August 17th, 2023 – September 3rd, 2023
The Winter’s Tale August 14th, 2019 – September 2nd, 2019
Portia’s Julius Caesar August 16th, 2018 – September 3rd, 2018
A Midsummer Night’s Dream August 15th, 2017 – September 3rd, 2017
Macbeth: Walking Shadows October 21st, 2016 – October 23rd, 2016
Romeo & Juliet August 16th, 2016 – September 4th, 2016
Macbeth: Walking Shadows August 13th, 2015 – August 30th, 2015
Cymbeline’s Reign August 12th, 2014 – August 31st, 2014
Richard III August 13th, 2013 – September 1st, 2013
Two Gents August 15th, 2012 – September 2nd, 2012

Current Staff

Lois Adamson Core Member & Founding Youth Development Coordinator
Kaitlyn Riordan Core & Founding Member
Brooklyn Doran Core Member & General Manager
Andrew Joseph Richardson Core & Founding Member
Brendan McMurtry-Howlett Core Member & Founding Artistic Director
Jesse Griffiths Core Member
Emma Mackenzie Hillier Core Member & Founding Artistic Director & Producer
Marcel Stewart Founding Youth Development Coordinator