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The Academy is a 2 week classical theatre training intensive for emerging performers. It is open to individuals aged 15 years and up. The Academy is taught by professional actors with extensive classical theatre experience, and will feature classes in Shakespearean voice, movement, text, historical analysis, monologues and scene study.

Grandview Shakespeare Academy: About Us


Entrance into the Academy is by application.

Tuition cost is $500 + hst. Tuition bursaries may be provided for individuals who are cast in Romeo & Juliet as apprentice performers.

Please note: In order to ensure quality instruction time, there are a maximum of 15 spots for participants in this course. Submit your application early to avoid disappointment!

Grandview Shakespeare Academy: Text

Text Basics

Rebekka Gondosch

Rebekka Gondosch is an actor and arts educator based in Hamilton. She is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin’s M.Phil. in Theatre and Performance program, has a B.A. in Dramatic Arts and English Language and Literature from Brock University, and a B.Ed. from Redeemer University. Her recent theatre performances include The Vagina Monologues, Light Echo Theatre; Imposter Queer, an original piece as part of Queer on Stage’s Pride Showcase, Macbeth, 9M Theatre; A Modicum of Freedom, Make Art Theatre; Ephemeral Home at Hamilton Fringe, Passing Through Theatre; and Perfect Wedding, Village Players Toronto. Recent film credits include Claire in the award-winning short film Aim High, Rising Films. She was part of Hamilton Fringe’s ALERT program in 2019 and is a high school Dramatic Arts and English teacher in Burlington. 

Historical Analysis

Dr. Sylvia Bryce-Wunder

Sylvia Bryce-Wunder completed her MA at the University of Guelph, her B.Ed. at the University of Western Ontario, and her PhD at the University of St Andrews. In addition to running courses on Shakespeare's Comedies, Romances, Histories, and Tragedies at Wilfrid Laurier University, she conducts research and writing projects which engage in the historical analysis of literary texts and other cultural forms.


Charlotte Gowdy

Charlotte is an actor, director, educator, dramaturg and producer based in Stratford, Ontario. Her career spans twenty years working at major theatres across Canada including the Stratford Festival, Shaw Festival, Canadian Stage, National Arts Centre, Manitoba Theatre Centre, Neptune Theatre, Theatre NorthWest, The Grand Theatre and the Blyth Festival. She is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada’s acting program, and has trained extensively with world-renowned clown master Philippe Gaulier in Paris, France. Charlotte teaches in the drama departments at both Sheridan College and Fanshawe College and teaches clown workshops across Canada, USA and Chile. Charlotte spent much of her childhood visiting family in Brantford, Ontario where her mother was born and raised.

Advanced Text

Vinetta Strombergs

Vinetta Strombergs launched her directing career with an acclaimed all-female production of CAESAR at TWP in 1985.  The show reached national attention with its non-traditional casting, powerful flamenco battle scenes and a futuristic design.  Since then she has had an eclectic directing career  including  brilliant one-man shows (premier of Wild Abandon with Daniel MacIvor and Smoke with Hume Baugh), musicals (Rodgers & Hart: A Celebration, Lysistrata, Godspell, A Chorus Line), edgy dramas, frothy comedies, and of course, Shakespeare (A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream; Measure for Measure or Tit for Tat; Pericles; Two Gentlemen of Verona).  She has directed several premieres of the work of Drew Hayden Taylor and Kenneth T. Williams in regional theatres.  Her production of Sixty Below for Native Earth Performing Arts garnered 7 Dora Nominations, including outstanding direction.  In 2013, The Musical of Musicals: The Musicals! was the big Toronto Fringe hit that got rave reviews and was picked up for presentation by Mirvish Productions as part of their 50th Anniversary Season. She has taught acting and producing theatre at the Randolph Academy, George Brown College, Sheridan College Musical Theatre program, University of Toronto, University of Windsor, Humber College and Theatre Ontario training programs.


Kerry Ann Doherty

Born in Belfast, Kerry Ann Doherty has been a professional theatre creator for over 25 years. Based in Toronto, Canada, she is currently the Founder and Artistic Director of theatreSix in Toronto and The Little Lion Theatre Company in London, England.
After graduating in October of 2018 with her MFA from East 15, University of Essex, Kerry Ann was pleased to step into the 2018/19 RBC Emerging Director position for Studio 180 where she assisted Joel Greenberg on his production of OSLO, participated in their 180 In Development Series, and directed the staged reading of THE CHINESE LADY for 180 Reads.
Ms. Doherty's acting work ranges from Shakespearean classics to new works to physical theatre and she recently worked with Expect Theatre recording a short new play by Rose Napoli for their PlayMe Podcast series.

Upcoming: Directing "Grounded" by George Brant for theatreSix and directing "The Fantastiks" for St Lawrence Shakespeare Festival.

Scene Study

Tyler J. Seguin

Tyler J. Seguin is an award-winning director and creator working in theatre and film. He is also the co-Artistic Director of the Guild Festival Theatre, Scarborough’s only professional theatre company. Previously, Tyler worked at the Stratford Festival as a participant in the Michael Langham Workshop for Classical Direction and was the Artistic Associate at the St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival. Tyler has directed extensively with Thought For Food, including Dark Heart (Toronto Star Top Production of 2018), an all-female staging of Measure for Measure, and the Canadian premiere of Vaclav Havel’s The Memo. In addition to artistic work with companies across the country such as The Sudbury Theatre Centre, Theatre New Brunswick and the Old Trout Puppet Workshop, Tyler has a teaching background that includes the Soulpepper Academy, the World Festival of Children’s Theatre, Shakespeare in Action, and the Stratford Festival. 

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