Summer Shakespeare at Western

Call for Directors

Join our creative team!

The Department of English and Writing Studies invites applications from interested students (graduate or undergraduate, in any program at Western) to direct this year’s Western Summer Shakespeare in the Beryl Ivey Garden. Please include your current resume or cv and a 300-word proposal stating the following:
  1. the play you would like to direct
  2. your vision for staging the play
  3. proposed dates of show run (i.e., which week in July or August)
  4. proposed budget and budget breakdown

Email your application to Dr. Jo Devereux no later than 28 March 2024.


Western Summer Shakespeare is a longstanding tradition in the London community. It is outdoor theatre, staged on campus at Western University. The first Western Summer Shakespeare performance took place on 4 August 1981, making it the longest running campus, or indeed outdoor, Summer Shakespeare in Canada - longer than the Dream in High Park by two years!

We welcome participation - both on and off the stage - from students, staff, and friends of Western University, Fanshawe College, and from the wider London community. Auditions are normally scheduled in March-April (before classes end), and the show is rehearsed at Western in May-July. In casting the show, priority should be given to students, though all members of the community are welcome to audition and a diverse cast is welcome. Our productions run typically for five to ten nights, usually during July or early August.


If you have questions about Western Summer Shakespeare productions please email Dr. Jo Devereux, Department of English and Writing Studies:

Previous Summer Shakespeare Productions

2023: Much Ado About Nothing
2022: Comedy of Errors
2021: Cymbeline

2020: Pandemic Julius Caesar
2019: Twelfth Night
2018: Samson Agonistes
2017: The Tempest
2016: Much Ado About Nothing
2015: As You Like It
2014: Twelfth Night
2013: King Lear
2012: The Winter’s Tale

2011: Antony and Cleopatra
2010: The Merchant of Venice
2009: The Taming of the Shrew
2008: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
2007: Measure for Measure
2006: The Winter's Tale
2005: Twelfth Night
2003: Henry V
2002: As You Like It

2001: Romeo and Juliet
2000: Richard III
1999: Measure for Measure
1996: Twelfth Night
1995: As You Like It
1990: As You Like It
1983: As You Like It
1982: Twelfth Night
1981: A Midsummer Night's Dream