The Victoria Shakespeare Society

by hwilde on December 9, 2010

The Victoria Shakespeare Society was formed in 2003 and since then has entertained Victorians each summer with outdoor productions focussed primarily on the works of William Shakespeare.

The first couple of seasons saw the VSS perform at a couple different downtown locations, but in 2005 the Shakespeare Summer Festival was relocated to the Lansdowne campus of Camosun College.

The objective of the Victoria Shakespeare Society is to “creatively explore Shakespeare in a way that is interesting and accessible to the public”.

The VSS operates as a not-for-profit society and is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors.  The society is committed to being actively involved in the community, and traditionally donates the proceeds of their preview night shows to the Camosun College Foundation.  These funds are paid out as an award to a deserving Camosun College English student for exceptional achievement, which dovetails nicely with the VSS’ desire to support students in their efforts to master the English language.

A priority of the VSS is to support young and developing actors and give them a chance to work with experienced professionals to cultivate their craft.  To this end they hire professional directors to guide these entry level actors.

Audience numbers have steadily increased over the years and as more people living in Victoria discover the Summer Shakepeare Festival the VSS looks forward to bringing the works of Shakespeare alive to an ever expanding audience.


Victoria BC Realtor Heather Wilde was raised and educated in Winnipeg. After graduating from both the University of Winnipeg (Bachelor of Arts) and the University of Manitoba Faculty of Education she relocated to British Columbia in 1975. Her career in real estate has been successful due to her commitment to and genuine pleasure at helping families find homes and properties for sale in Victoria BC. Heather was licensed as a Realtor in 1976 and since then has worked hard to achieve a high standard of performance; consistently attaining a Victoria Real Estate Board MLS Gold Award. If you ask Heather, she will undoubtedly say that although it’s nice to be recognized in the industry through performance awards, what really drives her success is the relationships and friendships she forges with the families that she helps. Many of Heather’s former clients have become close friends, and many of her close friends have become clients. That says a lot about her dedication to providing professional service while maintaining a friendly rapport with clients. Heather loves to travel the world (preferrably on a cruise ship!) and also enjoys tennis and bridge during her spare time. As of January 2014, Heather has retired from her real estate career.

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