Founded in 1998 by our then Artistic Director, Richard Monette, the Conservatory nurtures talented young actors for a future in classical theatre. Michael Mawson was the first Principal of the Conservatory, followed by David
Latham. In 2007, Stratford Festival actor and director Martha Henry became Director.
The Directorship is transitioning in our 2016/2017 Conservatory from Ms Henry to Stephen Ouimette, a veteran actor, director and teacher of Canadian theatre and the Stratford Festival.
Participants are given the unique opportunity to interact with many of the finest English-speaking actors in North America. The program also includes classes in voice, movement and text by celebrated guest instructors and Festival coaches, and much more.
Participant Selection and Contracts
The Festival's mandate for participants is that they be able to stand on the Festival stage and be heard – with emotional nuance, intelligence, flexibility and power. And that they will be able to work in any theatre, anywhere in the world.
Selected participants are usually graduates of an accredited theatre training program with at least two years’ experience in professional theatre. Participants are paid and are offered a position in the acting company for the following Festival season.