Image from Aluna Theatre's production of Rubble by Suvendrini Lena
Alexia Vassos, Alex Bulmer, and Christine Horne in Richard Three, directed by Patricia Allison, costume design by Julia Kim, set design by Amelia Blaine.
Photo by Mike McPhaden.

This is a wonderful program and I hope it continues to grow and more organizations team up to offer it to their employees.

Participating Artist

Shakespeare in the Ruff

Shakespeare in the Ruff

Compassion Fund for Outdoor Summer Performance

Level UP! Strategy Area: Compassion Fund

Pilot Project: Fund to support a range of artist needs throughout the process of Richard Three

Project Duration: June – September 2023

Continuing to Implement: A budget line for childcare support exists ongoing. Extra funding would be required for a Compassion Fund.

Resources Shared: Project Field Notes, Compassion Fund Offer Email, Compassion Fund Agreement Tempate

About Shakespeare in the Ruff

Location: Ontario
Artistic Discipline: Theatre
Operating Budget: $100,000 to $1,000,000

Founded in 2012, Shakespeare in the Ruff is dedicated to decolonizing the Shakespearean canon by challenging who creates these stories, and who they are for. The three pillars of our company are Re envisioned Classics, Education, and Community. Ruff is a collectively run, professional outdoor theatre company serving Toronto’s diverse East End.

Our work strives for the integration of our five key values: creative audacity, education, accessibility, anti-racism and decolonized practice, and respect. We create original, radical adaptations of Shakespeare’s plays, seeking to flip the Eurocentric, colonial gaze and give platform to marginalized voices.

Shakespeare in the Ruff’s Level UP! Project

Shakespeare in the Ruff explored how to use the Compassion Fund strategy for their summer 2023 outdoor theatre production of Richard Three, alongside the organization’s pre-existing childcare support.

Project Highlights:

    • Addressing the unique challenges of working outdoors by providing a fund to facilitate ease and increase comfort level
    • Implementing childcare support separate from the fund


Shakespeare in the Ruff | Project Field Notes

About This Resource Shakespeare in the Ruff shared these Project Field Notes in 2023 as part of their Balancing Act Level UP! Pilot Project. Their project focused on creating a Compassion Fund for guest artists engaged in outdoor summer programming.

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Shakespeare in the Ruff | Compassion Fund Offer Email

About This Resource Shakespeare in the Ruff created this Compassion Fund Offer Email template in 2023 as part of their Balancing Act Level UP! Pilot Project. The email was sent out to full-time members of Ruff’s Richard Three team, along with an attached agreement for...

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