Bill Ain't Bad: Tutoring in Shakespeare

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

My name is Dr. Julie Sutherland, and 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 Bruno Mars, 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 12 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

"Will.I.Am" by Rebecca deBoer
I meet with tutees 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.

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.

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 $40 / hour. 

Rates (from as low as $25 / hour) decrease as duration and number of participants increase. Details available upon request.


"I was one of the students that raised my hand when Julie asked if anyone didn't like Shakespeare. This course, Julie specifically, changed my view on Shakespeare. I can now say that I like Shakespeare and will likely take another Shakespeare related class. Julie's enthusiasm and wit kept the class interesting ... She included video clips and music that was relevant and current which was greatly appreciated. I feel as though she is one of the few professors that truly loves what she teaches and it really rubs off. Thanks Julie!" -3rd year university student

"As a tutor, Julie has set me straight with helpful tips and constructive feedback, as well as provided me with valuable resources to continue improving on my own." -4th year university student

“In my writing I often find I have complex ideas that I cannot convey very well on paper. This weakness can hold me back, particularly being a student of Philosophy, a field which values both precision and conciseness. As a tutor, Julie has set me straight with helpful tips and constructive feedback, as well as provided me with valuable resources to continue improving on my own. As a proofreader, Julie has pointed out weak points in my paper, which require either further unpacking or clarification. I am a lot more confident handing in papers knowing that Julie has looked them over and am already finding a huge improvement independently!” -Lana Friesen, Student and Director and Choreographer at Joy of Dance Productions