The Company of Adventurers is an Ottawa young people’s theatre company located in Old Ottawa South dedicated to producing the works of William Shakespeare. It was founded in 2011 by Cynthia Sugars and Paul Keen. The company consists of young actors between the ages of 10 and 18, directed by Sugars and Keen, professors of English at the University of Ottawa and Carleton University. For each of the past seven years, the company has staged a full-length production of a Shakespeare play: Macbeth in 2011, The Tempest in 2012, Hamlet in 2013, Twelfth Night in 2014, A Midsummer Night’s Dream in 2015, Romeo and Juliet in 2016, and The Taming of the Shrew in 2017. Our productions are inspired by our belief that young people, both actors and viewers, are capable of understanding and enjoying the language and dramatic complexity of Shakespeare’s plays. The actors are involved in developing all aspects of each production including acting, music, set design and stage effects.
The company performs these productions in the Fall of each year, after a summer of intense rehearsals. The performances have raised money for major local charities, including the Ottawa Humane Society in 2012 ($1000 raised), the Ottawa Mission in 2013 ($1500 raised), the Wild Bird Care Centre in 2014 ($2100 raised), the Terry Fox Foundation in 2015 ($2400 raised), Harmony House in 2016 ($3100 raised), and the Ottawa Food Bank in 2017 ($3400 raised).