Now getting ready for our seventh season, Shakespeare In The Ruff is a professional outdoor theatre company serving the diverse neighbourhoods of Toronto’s East End. Our work lies at the intersection of Outdoor Theatre, Education, and Community Building.
- We create original Canadian adaptations of Shakespeare’s plays pushing the boundaries of form and content for outdoor theatre.
- We offer integrated education programs for youth that provide hands-on, one-on-one mentorship with our professional artists.
- We bring together local residents, emerging artists, businesses, and non-profit organizations through our activities to build a stronger community.
We offer all of our programming free or Pay-What-You-Can to ensure accessibility for everyone.
What People Are Saying
"I fell in love with Toronto's newest company, the minute they walked onto their makeshift stage in Withrow Park"
— Richard Ouzounian, Toronto Star
"They've solidified their place among the best outdoor Shakespeare experiences in the city"
— Jordan Bimm, NOW Magazine