Bill Ain’t Bad: Tutoring in Shakespeare

Graphic by Marcus Unger - students simply hate Shakespeare. He’s hard, boring and irrelevant – or so they think! I provide extra-curricular tutoring to students young and old to help them get the most out of their study of the Bard of Avon.

Please note: My tutoring is not limited to Shakespeare. I can offer tutoring services in English literature across a range of genres and authors.

Who am I? (Or, Why would you pick me for your tutor?)

I am an award-winning university lecturer and long-time theatre practitioner who is well-versed in Shakespeare. I have a lifelong dedication to making Shakespeare comprehensible (and even enjoyable). I am driven by the belief that the idolatry of Shakespeare has been counterproductive. Superstardom may have helped Cardi B, but it seems to have made Shakespeare about as popular as a root canal. Let me help you change your view of Bill!

I have over 13 years of experience helping Shakespeare make sense to middle, high school and post-secondary students. I have also published on several Shakespearean plays, as well as contributed in the area of the Renaissance to a number of reference books and encyclopedias.

How it Works

I meet with students individually or in small study groups (4-6 people). Together, we can review relevant topics for individual plays and poems. For example, if your professor/teacher has been exploring the intersection of race and gender in Othello, and you have no idea what she is talking about, we can address the issue in a customized and accessible format.

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We can also discuss specific assignments. This may involve chatting about what shape an upcoming assignment may take or reviewing work you have already done.

Middle & High School Students
I am happy to come to your home (provided it is in Kingston). It is my preference that a parent or another adult is in the home while I am with you. Details can be worked out with you and your parent / guardian. I can also tutor via Skype.

University Students / Adult Learners
I usually arrange for students / adult learners to meet me at a café or public college / university study area.



    • For one-on-one tutoring, I charge $41.25/hour.
    • Rates (from as low as $25/hour) decrease as duration and number of participants increase. Details available upon request.

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