About Us

The Shakespeare Company


We are Calgary’s lean and mean classical theatre company.


The Shakespeare Company is Calgary’s lean and mean classical theatre company, highlighting the best of the Bard in all his comedy, tragedy, and bawdiness. Since 1995, we have brought the Bard alive for Calgarians through both Shakespeare and Shakespeare inspired plays. We are committed to making Shakespeare accessible through innovative performances and inspired directing. Alongside our mainstage productions, we have two community initiatives: Page to Stage Outreach Program and DiVerseCity.


Haysam Kadri explains more in The Shakespeare Factory

Our Team

Karl Sine

Fund Development Manager

Karl Sine works as an actor, director and is a certified fight instructor with the Academy of Fight Directors Canada. He has been the fight director for a number of theatre productions in Calgary. Karl won the Betty Mitchell Award for Best Fight Direction in 2015 for Othello, and in 2013 for Land of the Dead. In addition to his work on theatre productions, Karl is leads fund development at The Shakespeare Company - a key role in the success of our organization. Karl creates partnerships with sponsors and supporters while completing granting and other funding applications.


Haysam Kadri

Artistic Producer

Haysam Kadri has been with The Shakespeare Company since 2012 and has worked to elevate its main stage productions and outreach programs in Calgary. A graduate of the Birmingham Conservatory for classical training at the Stratford Festival, Haysam spent six seasons as a company member with the Stratford Shakespeare Festival of Canada. He has worked extensively as a Theatre Arts instructor with Red Deer College, Mount Royal University, and the University of Calgary. Haysam is an Actor, Director, Fight Choreographer, and Teacher. Since 2012, The Shakespeare Company has enjoyed countless nominations and rewards under his leadership.


Ayla Stephen

Associate Producer

Ayla Stephen is a Betty Mitchell Award nominated actress and producer who is deeply involved in the Calgary Theatre and Comedy communities. Ayla started as Artistic Associate in 2010, and established a thriving educational outreach program in which Shakespeare plays are toured around Calgary and area schools. Performances have reached more than 20,000 Alberta students since 2011. In 2014 she took on the role of Producer for our main season productions. In addition to producing our shows and running the outreach program, Ayla works on event management, volunteer coordination and provides support for marketing, communication, and fundraising initiatives.

The Board Of Directors

President – Jerry Callaghan

Vice President – Robb Ferguson

Treasurer – Olivier Favreau

Secretary – Alane Smith

Director – Faryn Hill

Director – Georgia Hasapes

Director – Kim Stephens

Director – Zeid Ayoub

Director – William French

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