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

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 joined TSC in April 2010 as Artistic Associate, under the leadership of then Artistic Director, Iam Coulter. She established the organizations educational outreach program in 2011, in which Shakespeare plays were toured to Calgary and area schools. Performances reached more than 20,000 Alberta students between 2011 - 2016. In 2014 she took on the role of Producer for our main season productions. In addition to producing our shows, Ayla works on event management, volunteer coordination, and supports marketing, communications, and fundraising initiatives. She is a Betty Mitchell Award nominated actress and teaches arts administration at the Rozsa Foundation.


Sadaf Ganji

Assistant Producer

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.


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 – Catherine Feenstra
Treasurer – Christopher Miller
Secretary – Alane Smith
Director – Matt Filipski
Director – William French
Director – Georgia Hasapes
Director – Tracy Letourneau
Director – Julia Pasieka
Director – Paul Vander Valk
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