For more than fifteen years, the Stratford Festival has led an annual residency in Michigan in partnership with teachers and students at the secondary and post-secondary levels. Its mandate is to explore innovative pedagogical strategies with teachers and students and to support teachers in integrating these practices in their classrooms across the state. Participating teachers and students work with Festival staff and teaching artists to tie state academic standards for English Language Arts and Theatre to the study of Shakespeare.
"The workshop increased my conviction that Shakespeare is a vital language experience, especially when brought to life physically by the students in the classroom. Using the real elements of theatre - voice, movement, embodied imagination - students are far more likely to connect with the spirit and value of Shakespeare. Silent reading just doesn't work."
- Michigan Residency participant.
2021 Virtual Michigan Residency
TEACHING AND LEARNING WITH OTHELLO PERFORMANCEPLUS
May 12, 2021 7-8pm
This virtual professional development event for teachers focuses on Othello. It will include a demonstration of how to use our PerformancePlus resource in your teaching and an interactive Q&A with cast members from the 2019 production.
Teachers who take part in this professional development event will be given first priority in participating in our Virtual Film Festival this fall.
VIRTUAL FILM FESTIVAL FOR MICHIGAN TEACHERS AND STUDENTS
September 27-October 16, 2021
Access a secure link to the following filmed productions free-of-charge for your students to view in school or from home:
• Othello (2019)
• The Merry Wives of Windsor (2019)
• R&J (2021)
• A Midsummer Night's Dream (2021)
• I Am William (2021)
Post-Show Student Workshops
You can deepen the experience by booking a virtual post-show student workshop in connection with one of the filmed productions. Each workshop will be an hour in length and will include discussion, Q&A and some applied learning exercises.
• Your students must watch the production in order to participate in a workshop. After registering for a secure link for the film(s), you can book the associated workshop(s).
• The workshops will take place in October at a mutually convenient time for the school and the participating teaching artist.
These events are free-of-charge for Michigan teachers, but space is limited so registration is required.
Sign up now to secure your spot!
Questions? Contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Our PerformancePlus teaching resources, professional development events and student workshops align with the Michigan curriculum and support the state academic standards for English Language Arts and Theatre.
The Michigan Residency is supported in part through the Michigan Education Outreach Fund, held within the Stratford Shakespearean Festival Endowment Foundation.
For information on how you can support the Residency, please call our Advancement department at 1.800.561.1233, extension 5617.