For more than a decade the Stratford Festival has been extending its education outreach programming beyond the Canadian border into Michigan. Every year, in October, a team of artists and Stratford Festival Education staff travel to Michigan, where they spend a couple of weeks doing in- and out-of-class workshops for students and teachers in various areas of the state. The objectives of the Michigan Residency are to introduce students to Shakespeare in a dramatic and interactive way, to equip teachers with strategies for teaching Shakespeare and to give them support in making their teaching of Shakespeare dynamic and exciting in the classroom. The Residency strives not only to introduce and bring new and more diverse student audiences to the Festival, but also to make these students' visits to see a production a more meaningful and integrated experience.
To inquire about the possibility having the Stratford Festival in your school, please contact Andrea Gammon, Director of Education, by email.
The Residency is supported in part through the Michigan Education Outreach Fund, a fund held within the Stratford Shakespearean Festival Endowment Foundation. This fund, established in 2007, will ensure the future of educational outreach in Michigan. For information on how you can support the Residency, please contact the Advancement department at 1.800.561.1233, ext. 5617.
Michigan Teachers' Weekend
May 16 and 17
Develop strategies to bring Shakespeare's text to life in the classroom.
Meet and work with Stratford Festival artists.
Attend a performance of Hamlet.
The Michigan Teachers' Weekend offers a dynamic and practical workshop, giving you practical techniques for exploring Shakespeare's text in active, imaginative and personally meaningful ways. Both playful and purposeful, these activities engage students on multiple levels, bringing Shakespeare's language, characters and stories to life in ways that are intellectually rigorous, emotional and physically engaging and imaginatively freeing.
$75 + tax. Lunch and theatre ticket included.
For more information, call 519.271.4040 ext. 2293 or send an email .