Michael Langham


The Michael Langham Workshop for Classical Direction

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

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


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

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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 8 to 17 weeks from when rehearsals begin to the opening of their show. 

Participants showcase their work in the Directors' Workshop Presentation - a private event held at the Studio Theatre in the fall. Resources provided include actors, stage management, rehearsal space, performance venue, design coordinator, costumes and props from stock and production support. 

Trainees also participate in existing 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, Board members and visiting artists. 

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

To be considered for 2015 please submit your résumé, along with a letter of recommendation and a letter of your own outlining why you wish to participate, to:

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

Applications may be sent by mail or email postmarked no later than September 1, 2014.  Final decisions will be made no later than December 2014.


Past Participants: 

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


2014 Playbill List King LearCrazy for YouA Midsummer Night's DreamThe Beaux' StratagemMan of La ManchaAlice Through the Looking-GlassHay FeverKing JohnMother Courage and Her ChildrenAntony and CleopatraChristina, The Girl KingA Midsummer Night's Dream - a chamber play2014 Season