Theatre has the power to transform lives.

This festival provides secondary school students with the opportunity to meet and learn from a variety of internationally acclaimed actors, musicians, and artists. The festival attracts world class performers and teachers to work with our students.

Over 350 students and their teachers attend the Goodwill Shakespeare Festival ready to be involved in one of the richest possible learning experiences. Although “Shakesfest” focusses on Shakespeare, it covers an array of subjects including art, film/TV, choral music, writing, improvisation, costume design, set design, acting, dance, make up, and directing. By participating in these workshops, and learning about the theatrical process, the students experience the transformative power of theatre and the arts.

Throughout the festival students will act, sing, dance, design, write, and connect with others from around the province. It is our hope that they will be inspired to take their passion for the arts – in all it’s varied forms – and share with others so they will see the value of the arts in their lives.