Spur-of-the-Moment Shakespeare Collective is creating Theatre for Hospitals
5

patrons

$198
per One Time Only
Shakespeare In Hospitals, is a project that is exactly what it sounds like. For the last five years we create new shows, using Shakespeare’s words, designed specifically to bring to patients in hospitals across the GTA, like Mount Sinai, Sunnybrooke and CAMH and more. But why do we do this?

“…A man was lying in a bed, looking like he had been through a lot, with a woman about his age – maybe his sister or his wife- sitting next to him and holding his hand….When we were done, I looked over, and he was sitting up… and he was smiling. And as I often found, the person in the room with him seemed to have brightened just as much. It’s often to the companions of the patients that I feel like we’re giving the biggest gift….to be able to do something for the person they love, however small, when they feel like there’s nothing that they can do.”
— Emma Burns, SIH alumn

The best part of this? It comes at no extra cost to the hospitals or patients. That's right, we perform in cafeterias, private rooms and common areas ABSOLUTELY FREE.

This year, we're focusing on "a common language". We'll be looking to make our show even more accessible by incorporating different languages in our repertoire, in an effort to find a way that Shakespeare can be enjoyed by all.

“The most unexpected thing that has happened has got to be.… [We] approached a patient's room and were told she didn't speak English but was very interested in seeing a performance…..this tiny, frail woman erupted into the most joyful laugh which continued for the entire [performance]. Her face was transformed- it was the most beautiful reaction to any piece of theatre I've ever seen.”
— Natasha Ramondino, SIH alumn

We love doing what we do, but we can’t do it alone. Every donation helps us bring some excitement (and hopefully some laughter!) to a patients day in the hospital. And we’ve come up with some pretty exciting gifts to show you just how much every donation matters. So, whether you can support for Eternal Thanks, or want to become the “Ultimate Shakespearian”, you can help make the difference. 

Check out this article about us last year in the Globe and Mail!

About Us

The Spur-of-the-Moment-Shakespeare Collective is a group of artists dedicated to breaking down barriers surrounding Shakespearean text, thereby making the Bard's work more accessible. This is done through performing classical pieces spontaneously in modern spaces, demonstrating the humanity of each story in a current context.


Tiers
Pledge $10 or more per One Time Only
Eternal Thanks
Our thanks will be made official with a shout out on our Twitter Feed direct from one our artists!

Pledge $15 or more per One Time Only
Shakespeare Selfie
We'll send you a selfie of one of our cast members, with our own mini-bard, taken in a manner and location of your choosing (within reason), sent directly to your email and posted in thanks on social media!
Pledge $30 or more per One Time Only
only 24 left
Collective Personalized Sonnet 
A member of our collective will write you a sonnet specifically for you and only you! 
14 lines of excellent rhymes are promised to you and it will be performed and posted on our Youtube page for you to enjoy at your leisure. 
Makes a great gift for you and for other special folks in your life!
Pledge $50 or more per One Time Only
only 6 left
Artistic Director Personalized Sonnet
Instead of our collective, your personalized sonnet will be written by our one and only Artistic Director and Curator, Victoria Urquhart. A hard copy will be sent in the mail.  If this is a gift for someone, let us know, so she can personalize it.
Not only is she very talented, but she's also very experienced in creating 14 line odes to the folks who generously donate to us. 
Pledge $100 or more per One Time Only
only 5 left
Sponsor an Actor!
An actor will be in your debt! It takes a lot of time, preparation and commitment to be in any show, let alone a show traveling to help patients in hospitals across the GTA.  Choose which one of our performers you would like to sponsor (contact us to learn more about each of them, or visit our Facebook page) You will received personalized shout outs from the performer on their own social media, and a Shakespeare Selfie with a personal note of thanks.  

Pledge $150 or more per One Time Only
The Best Value Package
This will entitle you to the following:
2 tickets to our opener or closing performance.
A "Bard Surprise Pack", put together with lots of fun items related to Shakespeare.
Credit in our programs and social media.
Formal acknowledgement at all our fundraisers.
Pledge $250 or more per One Time Only
The Ultimate Shakespearian Package
This package entitles you yo everything included in the “Best Value Package”
AND a backstage pass to come along with the cast for a day to see how we operate in hospitals.

Goals
$198 of $2,000 per One Time Only
What we are able to raise here will go towards our newest incarnation of our Shakespeare in Hospitals program. 
The program provides performance opportunities to emerging artists while addressing physical, economic, and social barriers to community and arts engagement commonly encountered in the health care sector using classical text. The ensemble tours to select hospitals, senior residences, hospices and shelters across Toronto and the G.T.A.
Funds raised will help to cover our artist and production fees, including props. costumes, rehearsal spaces,translation services and transportation costs. 
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Shakespeare In Hospitals, is a project that is exactly what it sounds like. For the last five years we create new shows, using Shakespeare’s words, designed specifically to bring to patients in hospitals across the GTA, like Mount Sinai, Sunnybrooke and CAMH and more. But why do we do this?

“…A man was lying in a bed, looking like he had been through a lot, with a woman about his age – maybe his sister or his wife- sitting next to him and holding his hand….When we were done, I looked over, and he was sitting up… and he was smiling. And as I often found, the person in the room with him seemed to have brightened just as much. It’s often to the companions of the patients that I feel like we’re giving the biggest gift….to be able to do something for the person they love, however small, when they feel like there’s nothing that they can do.”
— Emma Burns, SIH alumn

The best part of this? It comes at no extra cost to the hospitals or patients. That's right, we perform in cafeterias, private rooms and common areas ABSOLUTELY FREE.

This year, we're focusing on "a common language". We'll be looking to make our show even more accessible by incorporating different languages in our repertoire, in an effort to find a way that Shakespeare can be enjoyed by all.

“The most unexpected thing that has happened has got to be.… [We] approached a patient's room and were told she didn't speak English but was very interested in seeing a performance…..this tiny, frail woman erupted into the most joyful laugh which continued for the entire [performance]. Her face was transformed- it was the most beautiful reaction to any piece of theatre I've ever seen.”
— Natasha Ramondino, SIH alumn

We love doing what we do, but we can’t do it alone. Every donation helps us bring some excitement (and hopefully some laughter!) to a patients day in the hospital. And we’ve come up with some pretty exciting gifts to show you just how much every donation matters. So, whether you can support for Eternal Thanks, or want to become the “Ultimate Shakespearian”, you can help make the difference. 

Check out this article about us last year in the Globe and Mail!

About Us

The Spur-of-the-Moment-Shakespeare Collective is a group of artists dedicated to breaking down barriers surrounding Shakespearean text, thereby making the Bard's work more accessible. This is done through performing classical pieces spontaneously in modern spaces, demonstrating the humanity of each story in a current context.


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Tiers
Pledge $10 or more per One Time Only
Eternal Thanks
Our thanks will be made official with a shout out on our Twitter Feed direct from one our artists!

Pledge $15 or more per One Time Only
Shakespeare Selfie
We'll send you a selfie of one of our cast members, with our own mini-bard, taken in a manner and location of your choosing (within reason), sent directly to your email and posted in thanks on social media!
Pledge $30 or more per One Time Only
only 24 left
Collective Personalized Sonnet 
A member of our collective will write you a sonnet specifically for you and only you! 
14 lines of excellent rhymes are promised to you and it will be performed and posted on our Youtube page for you to enjoy at your leisure. 
Makes a great gift for you and for other special folks in your life!
Pledge $50 or more per One Time Only
only 6 left
Artistic Director Personalized Sonnet
Instead of our collective, your personalized sonnet will be written by our one and only Artistic Director and Curator, Victoria Urquhart. A hard copy will be sent in the mail.  If this is a gift for someone, let us know, so she can personalize it.
Not only is she very talented, but she's also very experienced in creating 14 line odes to the folks who generously donate to us. 
Pledge $100 or more per One Time Only
only 5 left
Sponsor an Actor!
An actor will be in your debt! It takes a lot of time, preparation and commitment to be in any show, let alone a show traveling to help patients in hospitals across the GTA.  Choose which one of our performers you would like to sponsor (contact us to learn more about each of them, or visit our Facebook page) You will received personalized shout outs from the performer on their own social media, and a Shakespeare Selfie with a personal note of thanks.  

Pledge $150 or more per One Time Only
The Best Value Package
This will entitle you to the following:
2 tickets to our opener or closing performance.
A "Bard Surprise Pack", put together with lots of fun items related to Shakespeare.
Credit in our programs and social media.
Formal acknowledgement at all our fundraisers.
Pledge $250 or more per One Time Only
The Ultimate Shakespearian Package
This package entitles you yo everything included in the “Best Value Package”
AND a backstage pass to come along with the cast for a day to see how we operate in hospitals.