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THE LANGHAM DIRECTORS' WORKSHOP

WORKSHOP DETAILS

The Festival acknowledges its history of colonizing culture and is working diligently to understand its complicity in unjust systems that have excluded many from participating fully in the work on our stages. We are committed to continuously evolving our understanding of equity, inclusion and anti-racism and we acknowledge that the work of reconciliation is an ongoing journey. The Workshop actively seeks to partner with artists from equity-seeking groups and theatre makers whose talent, energy, commitment and creativity will shape the future of theatre, both at the Festival and across the country.

About the Program

The Langham Directors’ Workshop wants to nurture exciting directorial talent and provide you with the resources to explore, play, and hone your craft. We want to help you create inspired and boundary-pushing work – not only for our stages, but for your career and beyond. We offer emerging and mid-career directors the opportunity to explore innovative Shakespeare and classical works, lead large-scale productions at one of the largest stages in the country, and birth new plays with Canada’s finest playwrights. Throughout these explorations, we hope to provide mentorship opportunities, help grow your networks, and provide a space for authentic creative exploration.

  • Participants will work as Assistant or Associate Directors on Festival productions. (Responsibilities may include assisting on understudy rehearsals and attending additional design and production meetings before the official residency in Stratford.)
  • Participants will attend regular group meetings during the season from guest artists and talk with fellow Langham participants and program alumni.
  • Participants will take part in a week-long intensive near the end of October, consisting of masterclasses, panel discussions, and other creative workshops – all devised with input from participants
  • Participants will create a final presentation where they will choose and direct a scene/project that best represents their aesthetic. The Directors’ Workshop Presentations are usually held in the Studio Theatre in November (three weeks).

      What We Offer

      • Langham Directors are paid a fee, a housing subsidy, and travel expenses. Depending on the length of the rehearsal process and other factors, fees for the Assistant /Associate Directors usually range from $8,000 to $10,000.
      • The Directors’ Workshop Presentation fee is approximately $2,500.
      • Participants will be able to engage in a collaborative mentorship with established Festival directors, and have the opportunity to learn from guest artists and their Workshop peers. 
      • Participants can also take advantage of everything the Stratford Festival offers: tours, special events, tickets to productions, the Festival’s Archives and libraries, company classes taught by the Festival’s coaching staff, and both formal and informal opportunities to speak with senior staff and visiting artists.

            Who We're Seeking

            • We are committed to finding directors working in all types of theatre who wish to share their knowledge and skills at the Festival.
            • We strongly encourage applicants who identify as First Nations, Inuit, Métis, Black, People of Colour, Mad, D/deaf, Disabled, and the 2SLGBTQ+ community. If you have any questions or concerns about your experience in this program, please email Esther at langham@stratfordfestival.ca or call Bonnie Green, Associate Producer, at 1.800.561.1233 ext 2290. 
            • This program is designed for artists who have acquired foundational training (either from a training program OR through experience) and have worked as a theatre artist for at least two years. We are looking for artists who are committed to working as a director.
            • Participants will need to be available on site full-time (usually eight to 16 weeks consecutively between February to August) from the first day of rehearsals until the opening or the understudy run of the show, whichever comes later. 
            • Participants will have to return to the Festival in the fall for the one-week intensive and to then direct their chosen piece at the Directors’ Workshop Presentation for an invited audience.
            • The Workshop is only open to those who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada.
            • Proof of Vaccination is required

            Please Note: Special care will be taken in pairing Langham participants with directors of productions. The participant’s specific interests and the director’s requirements will be taken into account and both the participant and the director must first consent to working together.

            How to Apply

            We understand that many communities find traditional application processes to be stressful and inaccessible. We are committed to addressing any barriers to access throughout the submission process as best as we can.

            If you require support with the application or have any access needs (ASL interpretation, deadline extension, etc.), please reach out to us so we can assist. You can email Esther at langham@stratfordfestival.ca or call Bonnie Green, Associate Producer, at 1.800.561.1233 ext 2290. 

            We want to know about you and your art! 

            Please provide the following information in either written, audio, or video format:

            1. An artistic statement describing you as an artist: What do you want to bring to the Stratford Festival and what can the Festival do for you? Also tell us one thing that inspires you. What is something that inspires you artistically? What do you draw inspiration from? How does it inform your directing practice? (three pages or five minutes to watch/listen maximum)

              The “inspiration” can be a poem, a play, a song, a photo, a video, an object, a person, a manifesto – anything. If you’re able to, you can also share a short sample (link or file) of the inspiring item.
            2. résumé or CV (three pages maximum)
            3. Two references who know and have seen your work. (Name, email, phone number, relationship to you.)

            Please submit your application HERE.

            Applications are due Monday, September 12, at 11:59 PM (EST). 

            If you can, also email your submission with your “NAME + 2023 SUBMISSION” in the subject line to langham@stratfordfestival.ca


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            This call for submissions was written in consultation with Artist Consultant Angela Sun.

            Esther Jun
            Director of Langham Directors' Workshop

            Bonnie Green
            Associate Producer

            We extend our thanks to the Department of Canadian Heritage

            This program is made possible in part by the Government of Canada

            CAnada

            The Langham Directors' Workshop is sponsored by 

            2021 RBC Emerging

            FEATURED ALUMNI

            "The Workshop is that rare context where directors learn invaluable things about our craft and industry, and broaden our own capacities. Every cohort becomes its own incubator for theatrical ideas - it's a think-tank for grappling with our zeitgeist alongside longstanding traditions." - Andrew Kushnir, 2018, 2019

            "The Workshop is one of the most important training grounds for directors. I have been inspired, challenged and engaged more than I could have imagined." - Mikaela Davies, 2018, 2019

            "Working on the best plays from the last four centuries, is a privilege beyond measure. The program is a gift." - Rodrigo Beilfuss, 2019

            "I feel lucky to have been part of the inaugural Langham workshop. It was a great introduction to the festival and the incredible community that is part of it. 10 years later I returned to direct an adaptation of R+J under a tent. Throughout the 10 years I continued my relationship with the festival in various ways, and being part of the Langham, so long ago, made everything feel familiar and welcoming." - Ravi Jain, 2010

            2022 PARTICIPANTS

            ALUMNI

            2021 Participants

            Sadie Epstein-Fine
            Marie Farsi
            Christine Horne
            Sara Jarvie-Clark

            2019 Participants

            Rodrigo Beilfuss
            Mikaela Davies
            Brad Hodder
            Ash Knight
            Andrew Kushnir
            Julia Nish-Lapidus
            Jennifer Stewart

            2018 Participants

            Mikaela Davies
            Andrew Kushnir
            Carson Nattrass
            Ron Pederson
            Tyler J. Seguin
            Jennifer Stewart
            Laura Vingoe-Cram

            2017 Participants

            Michelle Boulet
            Charlotte Gowdy
            Sarah Kitz
            Peter Pasyk
            Tyler J. Seguin
            Jonathan Seinen
            James Wallis

            2016 Participants

            Christine Brubaker
            Jessica Carmichael
            Esther Jun
            Peter Pasyk
            Zack Russell
            Bronwyn Steinberg
            James Wallis
            ted witzel

            2015 Participants

            Graham Abbey
            Charlotte Gowdy
            Krista Jackson
            Kate Newby
            Bronwyn Steinberg
            Kristen Van Ginhoven
            Rona Waddington
            ted witzel

            2014 Participants

            Kevin Bennett
            Christine Brubaker
            Jessica Carmichael
            Brett Christopher
            Mitchell Cushman
            Krista Jackson
            Birgit Schreyer Duarte
            Rona Waddington

            2013 Participants

            Kevin Bennett
            Mitchell Cushman
            Andrea Donaldson
            Kevin Hammond
            Birgit Schreyer Duarte
            Ken Schwartz

            2012 Participants

            Eric Benson
            Heather Davies
            Alan Dilworth
            Andrea Donaldson
            Darcy Evans
            Varrick Grimes
            Kevin Hammond
            Rachel Peake
            Mumbi Tindyebwa Otu
            Kristen van Ginhoven
            Aaron Willis

            2011 Participants

            Sharon Bajer
            Eric Benson
            Dian Marie Bridge
            Heather Davies
            Alan Dilworth
            Varrick Grimes
            Thomas Morgan Jones
            Rachel Peake
            Andrew Shaver
            Rachel Slaven
            Lezlie Wade

            2010 Participants

            Sharon Bajer
            Dian Marie Bridge
            Darcy Evans
            Ravi Jain
            Thomas Morgan Jones
            Ken Schwartz
            Andrew Shaver
            Rachel Slaven
            Lezlie Wade
            Aaron Willis
            Lee Wilson