Michael Langham


The Michael Langham Workshop for Classical Direction

We extend our thanks to Johanna Metcalf, the George Cedric Metcalf Foundation, the Philip and Berthe Morton Foundation and the Department of Canadian Heritage.

Sponsored by:


2015 Participants: 
Graham Abbey
Charlotte Gowdy
Krista Jackson
Kate Newby
Bronwyn Steinberg
Kristen van Ginhoven
Rona Waddington
Ted Witzel



Overseen by Antoni Cimolino, Artistic Director and David Latham, Theatre Training Consultant, the Michael Langham Workshop for Classical Direction is intended for directors in the early and middle stages of their careers who have had some experience working with the classics, but not at a theatre of the complexity and scope of the Festival.


Those accepted into the program participate in a Festival season as assistant directors. Assistant directors are required for 10 to 16 weeks from when rehearsals begin to the opening of their show. 

Directors are invited to participate in the Directors' Workshop Presentation - a private event held at the Studio Theatre in the fall. Resources provided include actors, stage management, rehearsal space, design consultant, costumes and props from stock and production support. 

Directors also participate in classes in text, voice, movement and other disciplines held by the Festival’s Coaching Department, and in specialized classes taught by the Theatre Training Consultant, Festival coaches and invited instructors that explore specific textual, vocal and physical skills used in rehearsing a classical play. 

The program’s networking component includes tours, comp tickets, invitations to special events, access to the Festival’s Archives and libraries, Q&As, chats (both formal and informal) with senior staff and visiting artists. 

Participants are paid a fee, travel and a housing subsidy. Final matching of assistant directors to productions is entirely at the discretion of the Festival creative team. 

To be considered for 2016 please submit a letter outlining why you wish to participate, your résumé and a letter of recommendation to:

Bonnie Green
Associate Producer
Stratford Festival
Box 520, 55 Queen Street
Stratford, ON N5A 6V2 
519.271.0055, ext. 2290

This program is open to Canadian citizens or permanent residents only.

Applications may be sent by mail or email. Submissions must be postmarked or emailed by August 10, 2015.

Call for Submissions for 2016


Past Participants: 

2014 Participants
Kevin Bennett – Vancouver
Christine Brubaker – Toronto
Jessica Carmichael – Toronto
Brett Christopher – Kingston
Mitchell Cushman – Toronto
Krista Jackson – Winnipeg
Birgit Schreyer Duarte – Toronto
Rona Waddington – Toronto

2013 Participants

Kevin Bennett – Vancouver
Mitchell Cushman – Toronto
Andrea Donaldson – Toronto
Kevin Hammond – Toronto
Birgit Schreyer Duarte – Toronto
Ken Schwartz – Canning, NS



2012 Participants

Eric Benson – Halifax
Heather Davies – London/Stratford
Alan Dilworth – Toronto
Andrea Donaldson – Toronto
Darcy Evans – Toronto/Stratford
Varrick Grimes - Stratford
Kevin Hammond – Toronto
Rachel Peake – Vancouver
Mumbi Tindyebwa Otu – Toronto

Kristen van Ginhoven - Lee, MA

Aaron Willis - Toronto

2011 Participants:

Sharon Bajer - Winnipeg
Eric Benson - Halifax
Dian Marie Bridge - Toronto
Heather Davies - London
Alan Dilworth - Toronto
Varrick Grimes - Stratford
Thomas Morgan Jones - Toronto
Rachel Peake - Vancouver
Andrew Shaver - Montreal
Rachel Slaven - Brooklyn
Lezlie Wade - Niagara-on-the-Lake


2010 Participants:

Sharon Bajer – Winnipeg

Dian Marie Bridge – Toronto

Darcy Evans – Stratford

Ravi Jain – Toronto

Thomas Morgan Jones – Toronto

Ken Schwartz – Canning, N.S.

Andrew Shaver – Montreal

Rachel Slaven – Brooklyn

Lezlie Wade - Niagara-on-the-Lake

Aaron Willis – Toronto

Lee Wilson – Keswick


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