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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.

Mission Statement

The Langham Directors' Workshop seeks the most promising directing talent and provides them with fertile ground to explore, play, and hone their craft. The Workshop endeavours to help cultivate the directors' interests, refine their aesthetics, and enable them in creating inspired and boundary-pushing work – not only for the Stratford Festival's stages, but across the globe.

The Program

We are committed to finding directors working in all types of theatre who wish to share their knowledge and skills at the Festival. We offer emerging and mid-career directors the opportunity to explore directing innovative Shakespeare and classical works, birthing new plays with Canada's finest playwrights, helming large-scale productions and working in a large institution. Throughout these explorations, we hope to provide mentorship opportunities, grow networks, hone artistic skills and provide space for authentic creative exploration.

  • Participants will work as Assistant or Associate Directors on Festival productions. Responsibilities include working closely with Stage Management to assist on understudy rehearsals.
  • Participants will attend regular group meetings, scheduled during the season, in order to meet special guest artists and talk with fellow Langham participants and program alumni. Participants can propose subjects they are interested in exploring in addition to sharing their experiences and expertise with one another.
  • Participants will take part in a week-long intensive, near the end of September, curated specifically to add to their directorial "toolkit" and to expand the Festival's creative horizons. Programming will consist of masterclasses, panel discussions and other creative workshop – all devised with input from participants.
  • Participant will complete the Directors' Workshop Presentations, the culminating project where directors choose and direct a scene/project that best represents their aesthetic, usually held in the Studio Theatre in October
    (3 weeks). 

Special care will be taken in pairing Langham participants with directors of productions. The participants' specific interests and the director's requirements will be taken into account. Both the participants and the director must agree to work together. Participants will be on site full-time – from the first day of rehearsal until the opening or the understudy run of the show, whichever comes later. There will be additional design and production meetings occurring before the official residency in Stratford. Participants return to the Festival in the fall for the one-week intensive and then to direct their chosen piece (chosen with guidance from the Langham Program) at the Directors' Workshop Presentation for an invited audience.

Participants can 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.

Langham Directors are paid a fee, a housing subsidy and travel expenses.

The Workshop is open to Canadian citizens and permanent residents only.

Selection Process

Directors are chosen by application and/or recruitment. This is not an introductory training to directing. The program is designed for artists who have acquired a foundational training (either from a directing program, or a non-conventional, experiential learning process) and have a minimum of two years of professional theatre experience. The Festival is open to directors from every identity, region, discipline and area of Canadian theatre. We strongly encourage applicants who identify as First Nations, Inuit, Métis, Black, People of Colour, D/deaf, disabled and the 2SLGBTQ+ community. If you have specific requirements in terms of accessibility for the application or at your time at the Festival, please reach out so we can assist you further.
langham@stratfordfestival.ca 



Applications are currently not open. Please check back in Summer 2021 for further details. We will be holding Zoom information sessions in late summer/early fall to answer your questions. 

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

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

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The Michael Langham Workshop for Classical Direction is sponsored by

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FEATURED ALUMNI

"The Michael Langham Workshop is that rare context where emerging Canadian directors get to meet minds with established ones, get to learn invaluable things about our craft and industry, as well as test and broaden our own capacities. Every season's 'Langhamite' cohort becomes its own incubator for new theatrical ideas - it's a think-tank for grappling with our zeitgeist alongside longstanding traditions."

Andrew Kushnir, 2018, 2019

"The Michael Langham Workshop is one of the most important training grounds for directors in Canada. I have been inspired, challenged and engaged more than I could have imagined.  I will undeniably leave this process as a better artist with a deeper understanding of my craft."

Mikaela Davies, 2018, 2019

"Working on the best plays from the last four centuries, with the best actors in Canada, is a privilege beyond measure. That high level of quality stretches your skills, and redefines your limitations as an artist. The program is a gift."

Rodrigo Beilfuss, 2019

2020 PARTICIPANTS

ALUMNI

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