For more than fifteen years, the Stratford Festival has led an annual residency in Michigan. Its mandate is to explore innovative pedagogical drama strategies and to provide an opportunity for teachers to meet and share experiences with their peers across the state. Participating teachers and students work with Festival staff and teaching artists to tie Common Core Standards to the study of Shakespeare.
The residency begins with teacher professional development in Stratford in May. In the fall, teaching artists visit Michigan to provide pre-show workshops, then students and teachers see a selected Shakespeare production and participate in further enrichment programming with the Festival, deepening the work initiated by their teachers in the spring.
"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 Teacher Weekend participant.
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Michigan Teacher Weekend
May 4 & 5
Participating teachers work with Festival staff and teaching artists to tie Common Core Standards to the study of Shakespeare. On May 4, Michigan teachers are invited to participate in full-day professional development focused on Exploring Power & Oppression in Shakespeare. They will develop contemporary, critical drama- or English-based strategies to teach Othello and The Merry Wives of Windsor through active workshops and discussion with artists and subject specialists. This event will be delivered to teachers working in both Canada and the US.
On May 5, Michigan teachers are invited to stay for a morning session which will include a Warehouse tour as well as a round-table discussion at the Archives with company members on the diversity of perspectives on Shakespeare in 2019.
Teachers participating in the Michigan Teacher Weekend are invited to take part in the Michigan Residency in the fall.
Visit our Teacher Days page to register.
In partnership with the Avon-Maitland District School Board
This six-week program provides students in Grades 7-12 the opportunity to build their own performance in response to one of the shows in the season. Participants work in collaboration with Festival teaching artists and staff to create and perform their own piece on the Studio Theatre stage.
Offered in Stratford in first semester and Goderich in second semester.
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Conference of Independent Schools Drama Festival
In April 2019, the Conference of Independent Schools brings together more than 12 independent schools in Ontario to participate together in a two-day Drama Festival in which students perform their respectively created pieces, participate in workshops delivered by Festival teaching artists, and see a 2019 Stratford production together. Hosted by the Stratford Festival, the festival is created and delivered by the Conference of Independent Schools.
Queen’s University Faculty of Education Partnership
Designed to dovetail with existing Bachelor of Education course curricula, this pilot program unites five of the largest arts organizations in Ontario – the Canadian Opera Company, the Shaw Festival, Soulpepper Theatre Company, the Stratford Festival and Young People’s Theatre – in a series of sessions that provide teacher candidates with new and exciting drama-based approaches to their teaching.
Through this program, pre-service teachers:
• Develop and implement cross-curricular teaching strategies
• Forge relationships with Canada’s leading arts organizations
• Learn from inspirational teaching artists