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Help make Ruff's 5th Season a reality!

Every summer, our productions and Young Ruffian Apprenticeship Program are made possible with the generosity of our donors. From paying artists to renting lights, every dollar helps us bring theatre to Withrow Park.

2016 Young Ruffian Apprenticeship Program

Applications are now being accepted for our free-of-charge, summer-long acting intensive. Spend a summer being mentored by profession theatre practitioners and creating a performance that you'll share with Ruff audiences in Withrow Park.


Ruff in North York: June 22nd-26th

Former Guerrilla Ruffian, Eva Barrie, leads this exciting new project, at Walter Saunders Park (York Beltline). "My Co-Mates and Brothers in Exile is a site-specific, comedic, promenade piece created using Shakespeare and text from contemporary sources. Sappho, a young woman forced to leave her war-torn country, lands in Toronto and begins the journey of building a new home." 


Important Info

2016 Season

‘Romeo & Juliet’ will run August 16th through September 4th, 2016 in Withrow Park.

Benefits of Giving

Help our actors earn a living wage and get some great benefits while you’re at it. Your donations help to ensure a long-lasting tradition of Shakespeare in Withrow Park and it could even land you a part in the show…

Benefits HERE

Reviews & Testimonials next prev

  • "Richard III again demonstrates the company’s ability to realize an ambitious vision. While making the Bard relevant, fun and engaging, they’ve solidified their place among the best outdoor Shakespeare experiences in the city."

    Jordan Bimm-NOW Magazine, Review for 'Richard III'

  • "I fell in love with Toronto’s newest company, Shakespeare in the Ruff, the minute they walked onto their makeshift stage in Withrow Park"

    Richard Ouzounian-The Toronto Star, Review for 'Two Gents'

  • "The company’s boldest stroke, however, is to rewrite the play’s sexist ending, cannily replacing it with one of Shakespeare’s best-known sonnets. It displays an ingenuity that bodes well for future shows."

    Martin Morrow-The Grid, Review for 'Two Gents'

  • "This summer has been one of the most amazing summers in my life. When I signed up for the Young Ruffian program, I knew that I would have fun. But I had no idea that I would have this much fun. I have learned so much about what kind of work goes into the process of acting and directing. Being able to work with a professional theatre company was so great. This whole experience has changed my life for the better. I hope future Young Ruffians have as much fun as I did."

    Katasha James, Young Ruffian alumni-2012

  • "When it's this easy and this attractive to come out into a park on a beautiful Friday night in August, there's not a whole lot of reason not to do it, especially when the price is so reasonable."

    Alex, Audience Member-2013

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