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                                               Mike Sheppard


Director, producer and actor focused on producing youth-run creative events for participants ages 13-30 aimed at developing their practical skills. Mike is the founder of Blue Canoe Productions, a youth-run theatre company in Kingston, and the Juvenis Festival, a youth arts festival that got its start this past May 2016.

Take a look at Mike's Culture Days activity this year!

Mike discusses partnerships in the arts in a culture365 post!


Blue Canoe


Blue Canoe is a youth run theatre company and a non-profit organization. The company was founded on December 13, 2006 by a group of High School Students from Regi, a High School in Kingston. It was incorporated in November 2011 as a non-profit organization in Ontario. The goal of Blue Canoe is to create opportunities for youth in Kingston, Ontario who are between the ages of 13-30 to explore their interest in theatre and the arts. Every production has youth in each of the roles on a production, which helps young people to explore the arts by participating on stage, off stage, in design, production, direction, producing and event planning. 

Recently Blue Canoe has expanded to offering opportunities in other areas in the arts with programs such as the Viva Voce, a partnership with the Kingston Frontenac Public Library. This is a storytelling coffeehouse for youth to tell their stories in a variety of ways. 



Related articles and interviews

  1. The Whig - Actor Embraces New Role

  2. The Whig - Bringing down the curtain

  3. Kingstonist - Six Questions for Mike Sheppard

  4. The Grand Theatre Blog - Boxed In

  5. Kingston This Week - Mike Sheppard: An unquestioning love for all things theatre