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Shakespeare in Action bids a fond farewell to its Founder and Artistic Director Michael Kelly. The Board of Directors announces Michael will retire from his position March 31st, as he says, “to make room for the next generation.” Michael will continue to consult with Interim Artistic Director David di Giovanni and the Board as they transition to the appointment of a new Artistic Director.

In speaking about his departure, Michael said, “It has been a true honour to have followed my artistic passion and vision to promote a culturally-diverse company of interdisciplinary artists that engages with and reflects our diverse community, one that aspires to enhance the arts and education by making the language and stories of Shakespeare accessible and relevant to young audiences and the community. I have always believed Shakespeare’s language produces meaningful complex thought that challenges the mind and awakens the human spirit.”

“I would like to thank all the amazing staff members and board of directors for their passionate commitment and service throughout my tenure, with whom this work would not have been possible, and with many of whom lasting friendships have been created. I’m also deeply grateful to have had the opportunity to have worked with so many talented artists, designers and production staff from all corners of this country. Most importantly I wish to acknowledge the participation of over one million young audience members who have experienced the innovative, workshops, performances and programs at the heart of Shakespeare in Action’s work.”

Howard Goldby, Chair of the Shakespeare in Action Board of Directors wishes to express on behalf of the organization their sincere thanks to Michael for his years of service. “His dedication, drive and leadership has made SIA a prominent force in Toronto’s theatre scene culminating with establishing a permanent home in 2019, becoming an anchor organization at the new Artscape Weston Common. Michael’s infectious passion and never-ending desire to bring Shakespeare alive for young people will be an enduring legacy for the company.”

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