Are you a fan of community engagement? Have you seen the benefits of theatre in your community? Want to help bridge the gap in areas and communities that face isolation? 

The Spur-Of-The-Moment Shakespeare Collective (SOTMSC) was founded in 2010 by Victoria Urquhart and Sean Horbatiuk, to cultivate a community of emerging artists with a shared interest in Shakespeare and community engagement.

Annually the SOTMSC performs "Shakespeare in Hospitals". A project that is exactly what it sounds like: 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, at no charge to the hospitals or the patients.

We’d like to expand and grow the program to many more facilities beyond December 2018, and in order to do so, we need your support. We rely on no funding from any of the facilities we work with, so we do this with support from various arts councils, sponsors and out of our own pocket.

With your help, we can bring Shakespeare to a lot more of those who are dealing with illness in isolation, and hopefully make the dark, quiet days a lot more brighter.

About the Shakespeare-In-Hospitals Program

The Shakespeare-In-Hospitals Program combines classical text with modern storytelling to engage audiences facing isolation due to healing/transitional purposes.

To go through a healing/transitional process currently means to be removed from one's community to focus on “getting better". The Shakespeare-In-Hospitals Program provides opportunities for artistic community engagement throughout the healing/transitional process, when and where audiences wish to engage.

The program works in three formats:

Staged Performance - A performance space with a designated area and time for audiences to attend. Audiences range from 2-100 people. All actors remain onstage for the run. The performance is followed by a question and answer period discussing the theme of the material.

Open-Space (Street-Theatre Style) Performance - A non-traditional public performance space with no designated area for audiences to sit. Patron traffic in these areas are high (as it is likely a cafeteria), and the actors must break up the performance into individual scenes to cater to audiences in this space.

Private Room Performance - Individualized scenes and monologues catered to patient bedrooms. Patients can choose scenes and plays from the company’s repertoire. A mini question and answer period is provided after each performance.

The project tours to hospitals, hospices, shelters and senior residences across Toronto and parts of Ontario from the conclusion of rehearsals in mid-October to early December of each year, focusing on facilities that service arts priority areas.

Making a contribution today will help further our projects and mission to bring community engagement through performance.

The SOTMSC continues to grow and develop projects in 2018 under the mandate of: Establishing and cultivating community engagement in areas in and around Toronto experiencing isolation based on economic, social, and physical barriers. Our mission statement is to marry classical text, contemporary performance, and audience interaction to invite and encourage people to engage with their community.