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Ruff Performance Squad


Dowel Duel at Withrow Park Farmers' Market

Dowel Duel at Withrow Park Farmers’ Market

For the past five seasons, Shakespeare in the Ruff has organized a group of recent graduates of post-secondary acting schools called the Ruff Performance Squad (formerly Guerrilla Ruffian Shakespeare Squad). This small group of actors come together for a two-day Shakespeare monologue workshop (taught in 2016, by Stratford veteran; Chick Reid), tightening up their back-pocket pieces, and then weave them together into short narratives. They entertain East-End farmers’ markets patrons with performances of these pieces in a form of rehearsed improvisation. Their primary target is, of course, the Saturday morning Withrow Park Farmers Market, but they can also be seen this summer at Evergreen Brickworks and Riverdale Farmers’ Markets. The program culminates in an opening act performance before our summer flag-ship production.

Guerrilla Ruffian Shakespeare Squad 2016

  • (Workshop Leader) Chick Reid

    Chick going over her check list with the Guerrilla Ruffians, June 11th, 2016

    Chick going over her check list with the Guerrilla Ruffians, June 11th, 2016

  • (Captain) François Macdonald

  • Jesse Beam

  • Marisa Boudreault

  • Dylan Brenton

  • Christina Fox

  • Danny Ghantous

  • Laura Harding

  • Wilex Ly

  • Vivian Or


Guerrilla Ruffian Shakespeare Squad 2015

  • (Workshop Leader) Ian Watson

    Workshop weekend in Withrow Park

    Workshopweekend in Withrow Park

  • (Captain) Andrea Massoud

  • Clare Blackwood

  • Aldrin Bundoc

  • David Chinchilla

  • Claren Grosz

  • Cynthia Hicks

  • François Macdonald

  • Hugh Ritchie

  • Matt Shaw

  • Lauren Walsh-Greene

     Guerrilla Ruffian Shakespeare Squad 2014

2014 Guerrilla Ruffians

2014 Guerrilla Ruffians

  • Lee Wilson (Workshop Leader)

  • Brandon Knox (Captain)

  • Eva Barrie

  • Andrei Borissenko

  • Paul Falkowski

  • Grace Gordon

  • Michelle Langille

  • Tal Shulman

  • Chiamaka Ugwu

  • Victoria Urquhart

  • Anton Wasowicz

     Guerrilla Ruffian Shakespeare Squad 2013 

  • (Workshop Leader) Melee Hutton

    Some of Guerrilla Ruffian Squad 2013

    Some of Guerrilla Ruffian Squad 2013

  • (Captain) G. Kyle Shields

  • Owen Fawcett

  • Grace Fitzpatrick

  • Grace Gordon

  • Charlie Gould

  • Tina Jung

  • Brandon Knox

  • Andrea Massoud

  • Cassondra Padfield

  • Mishka Thebaud

     Guerrilla Ruffian Shakespeare Squad 2012

Guerrilla Ruffians at the Withrow Park Farmer's Market

Guerrilla Ruffians at the Withrow Park Farmer’s Market

  • (Workshop Leader) Elizabeth Saunders

  • (Captain) Lesley Robertson

  • Michael Ayers

  • Hilary Carroll

  • Scott Garland

  • Sina Gilani

  • Emily Nixon

  • Tennille Read

  • G. Kyle Shields