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What we do

Shakespeare In The Ruff is a professional outdoor theatre company serving the diverse neighbourhoods of Toronto’s East End. Our work lies at the intersection of Outdoor Theatre, Education, and Community Building. We create original Canadian adaptations of Shakespeare’s plays pushing the boundaries of form and content for outdoor theatre. We offer integrated education programs for youth that provide hands-on, one-on-one mentorship with our professional artists. We bring together local residents, emerging artists, businesses, and non-profit organizations through our activities to build a stronger community. We offer all of our programming free or Pay-What-You-Can to ensure accessibility for everyone. Check out our Young Ruffian page for more info about our integrated, free-of-charge apprenticeship program.