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. Founded in 1995, by Richard Kenyon and LuAnne Morrow, TSC has 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
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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.

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Meg Farhall

Interim Associate Producer

Meg Farhall has worked as an actor on TEN Shakespeare Company shows since 2003 and is excited to bring her administrative skills to the team. She is Artistic Producer at Handsome Alice Theatre and was previously Artistic Director at Alberta High School of Fine Arts, Director of Teen Programming at Company of Rogues Actors' Studio and Programming Manager at The Pumphouse Theatre. Meg is an actor, writer and educator and is thrilled to be working with this outstanding company.

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Sadaf Ganji

Assistant Producer - Currently On Leave

Sadaf Ganji joined our team as Assistant Producer in January 2021. She works closely with Haysam and Ayla and provides supports for TSC's productions and administration work. In June 2021 she will graduate with a BFA from the University of Calgary, with a major in Drama and a minor in Anthropology. She has stage managed for Alberta Theatre Projects and the University of Calgary, and is also the Assistant Coordinator for World Stage Design 2022.

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Declan O'Reilly

Fund Development Coordinator

Having worked as a professional actor across Canada, from coast to coast for over 35 years, Declan brings a wealth of experience to The Shakespeare Company. In 1989, fresh out of the University of Alberta’s BFA-Acting program, he founded Edmonton’s Free Will Players Shakespeare Company, now in it’s 32nd season. He has previously worked in fund development with Free Will Players and Vertigo Mystery Theatre and also as a GM for some of Canada’s top restaurants during a 17 year stint in Toronto and also part of the management team for premium seating venues at The Calgary Exhibition and Stampede.

The Board Of Directors

President – Robb Ferguson
Vice-President – Alane Smith
Treasurer – Christopher Miller
Secretary – Julia Pasieka
Director – Catherine Feenstra
Director – Matt Filipski
Director – William French
Director – Georgia Hasapes
Director – Donna Holstine Vander Valk
Director – Tracy Letourneau
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