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Kevin Hammond: Director Othello


ASF is thrilled to announce our director for this coming Fall's production of Othello.  Meet Kevin Hammond who comes to us from Humber River Shakespeare in Toronto, Ontario.  Learn a bit more about Kevin below!

Kevin is the co-founder and Artistic Director of Humber River Shakespeare, based in Toronto.  For the company he has directed Twelfth Night, Macbeth, Much Ado About Nothing, The Taming of the Shrew, As You Like It, Comedy of Errors, A Christmas Carol, An Evening with Hamlet and Ophelia: A Shakespeare Cabaret, Henry V, The Sonnet Show, among other pieces. He will be directing Romeo and Juliet this summer.

In 2012 Kevin was selected to participate in the Michael Langham Workshop for Classical Direction at the Stratford Festival where he spent two seasons as an Assistant Director. In 2013 he worked on the critically acclaimed Measure for Measure directed by the incomparable Martha Henry.  While at the Festival he also directed workshop productions of Double Falsehood and an original Shakespeare mash-up he created, entitled A Most Unnoble Swerving

Kevin also spent five years as Artistic Director for Toronto’s Shakespeare in the Rough and continues his work with the Bard as a co-founder of the Toronto Shakespeare Workout.  During his tenure with Shakespeare in the Rough, the company garnered 6 Dora Award nominations. Kevin also coaches and teaches Shakespeare to many young actors. 

Kevin is the featured voice performer for Oxford University Press’ OXFORD NEXT on-line Shakespeare Program.  He has been a juror for Canada’s National Shakespeare Youth Festival, and is a mentor/director for the “Shakespeare in the Hospitals” project with Spur of the Moment Theatre Collective.

Kevin recently completed the Certificate Course in Arts Education in partnership with York University and the Stratford Festival and often visits classrooms to work with students on Shakespeare.

He has also worked at The Actors’ Fund of Canada, an organization dedicated to helping entertainment industry professionals in times of emergency.  Kevin has also been the coordinator for The Dora Mavor Moore Awards, The Chalmers Awards and The Toronto Arts Awards.  Other producing credits include Hosanna (Shockalot Productions), The Two Gentlemen of Verona, David Warrack’s Treasure Island (StarkNakedMad Productions).  Kevin has also worked as General Manager for the Performing Arts Lodges of Canada, as an Arts Publicist in New York, a production assistant at Harbourfront Performing Arts Centre, and assistant company manager in the early years of Soulpepper Theatre.


Interested in auditioning for Othello?  Auditions will be held from 10-7 in Santa Clara on May 10th. The following roles have been cast: Othello, Desdemona and Emilia. If interested in an audition please email your headshot and resume to William Brown at wjbrown3@arabianshakespearefestival.org. All the relevant details below.

Rehearsals Begin: Week of Oct 19 in Santa Clara.

Tech Begins: November 8 at the Royce Gallery in San Francisco

Preview: November 13

Opening: November 14

Closing: November 23

Pay: $100-$200/week
AEA: BAPP possible





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